Treat spring eye allergies with an FSA

While people often associate allergy season with coughing and sneezing, allergy symptoms can also show up in red, itchy, watery eyes. And, there's good news: these symptoms can be treated, and you can use a Flexible Spending Account, or FSA, in the process.

Though allergies can be seasonal (especially in spring with higher pollen counts), they don't necessarily have to be seasonal, if eyes are sensitive to other environmental factors. But, there are several ways to treat eye allergies with your FSA and reduce itchy symptoms.

Here are a few tips from WebMD, "Stay indoors when pollen counts are highest, usually in mid-morning and early evening. Close the windows and run the air conditioner (window fans can draw in pollen and mold spores). If you go out, wearing eyeglasses or big sunglasses can help block pollen from your eyes. Driving? Keep the windows closed and run the air conditioner."

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In addition to that, WebMD recommends keeping a clean home and cleaning floors with a wet mop. "Sweeping tends to stir up rather than get rid of allergens. Especially if a pet shares the house with you, consider replacing rugs and carpets, which trap and hold allergens, with hardwood, tile, or other flooring materials that are easier to clean. Go with blinds instead of curtains."

Alternatively, you can try rinsing eyes out with saline solution or eye lubricants.

And, finally, WebMD also urges people to fight the urge to rub or itch their eyes, as that could intensify allergy symptoms. The WebMD experts recommend using cool compresses for relief.

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If these at-home remedies don't work, you can also try prescription medications to fight allergy symptoms.

Take oral histamines like Zyrtec or Claritin to treat symptoms and get relief

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Finally, if your allergies persist or worsen, it could be best to check in with your doctor. You could use an FSA to cover the deductible, or co-pay for the visit.

Learn about additional eligible expenses via the FSA Eligibility List

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