Hemorrhoid Treatment: FSA Eligibility
What is Hemorrhoid Treatment?
Hemorrhoid treatment is any treatment that treats or alleviates symptom associated with hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoid treatment consists of a range of medical products including suppositories, fiber powder, medicated cooling pads, stool softeners, cold compress, as well as medical procedures to deal directly with the hemorrhoid tissue (Mayo Clinic).
A hemorrhoid is a swollen vein or group of veins in the region of the anus. They cause discomfort and bleeding when undergoing a bowel movement. They can be internal or external, and are often painful and associated with bleeding. They are not life threatening, though, but the discomfort involved usually requires addressing in the form of hemorrhoid treatment. Hemorrhoid treatment ought to vary based on the location and intensity of the hemorrhoid, as well as other symptoms observed (Harvard Health Publishing).
A medical professional will be able to diagnose hemorrhoids and specific which types of hemorrhoid treatment make the most sense for alleviating symptoms and treating the hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoid treatments must be prescribed in order to be considered eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account.
Hemorrhoid treatments such as medicated cooling pads use witch hazel, and are Over-the-Counter (OTC) products. There are also prescription-only hemorrhoid treatment products such as hemorrhoid cream with medication.