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Improve your road trip comfort with FSA eligible products

If you have a flexible spending account (FSA) through your work, your benefit covers a huge range of qualifying medical products, many of which can help you and your loved ones stay comfortable during a long car trip. Here are a few of our favorite FSA eligible travel essentials that will make for a more enjoyable journey this summer!

Neck Pillow

While some people may have no problem sleeping upright during a long car trip, others may struggle to find a comfortable position to get some shuteye. Neck pillows are a great option to keep your head stable during your trip so you can wake up refreshed by the time you reach your destination.

Check Out: IMAK HappiNeck Orthopedic Neck Support

Mineral Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen is a must every day (rain or shine, no matter the season)! Did you know you should protect your skin year round for ultimate UV protection? Learn more about special mineral sunscreen from MDSolarSciences and shop for these with your FSA!

Check out: MDSolarSciences

Acupressure Wrist Bands

Car sickness is a condition where the motion detected by the inner ear does not sync up with the motion that is visualized in front of them, which can lead to nausea and other forms of discomfort. Car sickness is most common in children aged 2 to 12, and one solution that may help them is acupressure wrist bands. These bands can be worn throughout the road trip and apply gentle pressure to a specific acupressure point in the wrist that can prevent nausea and stomach discomfort.

Check Out: Psi Bands Acupressure Wrist Bands - Cherry Blossom

Relaxation Mask

These masks are designed to treat a variety of medical conditions that are imbued with fragrant oils and natural herbs that are ideal for treating sinus tension and headaches. On a road trip, these masks can provide calming relief to various forms of discomfort, as well as optimal eye coverage that can help you sleep during the course of your trip.

Check Out: Bed Buddy at Home Relaxation Mask (Lavender and Mint)

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers

Headaches, aches and pains can arise at any time, and during a long car trip you could be miles away from the nearest pharmacy or grocery store. Prepare ahead of time with your FSA funds by picking up common pain relievers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen and more before setting off on your trip. However, it's important to note that as a result of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), OTC medications require a prescription from a doctor for FSA reimbursement.

Check Out: Advil Advanced Medicine for Pain, 200 mg, 200 ea, Tablets

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IMAK HappiNeck Orthopedic Neck Support

The ultimate in neck comfort and support, for traveling or relaxing.

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5 FSA-eligible cruise essentials

If you have an FSA, you can easily prepare for the most common health issues and maximize it through FSA eligible cruise essentials. 

It's cruise season! The late spring and summer is the high season for cruise lines in the popular locales of the Caribbean and South America, and if you're planning an adventure with your significant other or family, now is the time to gear up for the trip ahead!

Packing for a cruise is a tricky proposition. For the duration of your trip, you'll be forced to buy items either on the boat or at your destinations (these may be pricey!), which can make things very difficult if an illness or sudden discomfort rears its head. Luckily, if you have an FSA, you can easily prepare for the most common health issues and maximize the enjoyment of your vacation with qualifying products.

Here are 5 FSA eligible cruise essentials:

Motion Sickness Acupressure Wristbands

Do you or a loved one get seasick? While large cruise ships can limit the amount of motion that passengers experience each day, rough seas can spring up at a moment's notice. Special acupressure wrist bands can relieve nausea due to motion sickness/travel. Psi Bands are drug free, waterproof, adjustable for a personalized and comfortable fit, stylish, and reusable.

Check Out: Psi Bands

Dermatological Sunscreen

You're bound to spend plenty of time in the sun on your cruise, but if you're heading closer to the Equator, the sun's rays will be much stronger and you'll need a sunscreen that can stand up to the challenge. Dermatological sunscreen is a massive improvement over mainstream sunscreens that can moisturize the underlying skin and prevent breakouts, as well as staying active for much longer after being exposed to water and sweat.

Check Out: La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen, 1.7 fl oz

Travel First Aid Kit

While most cruises will have medical staff at the ready, when you and your loved ones are exploring cruise destinations, it may be handy to bring along a small first aid kit that can fit easily in a backpack or purse. This will allow you to treat cuts and bruises, blisters and other mishaps that may occur along the way before seeking more advanced medical attention if necessary.

Check Out: Adventure Medical Kits Smart Travel

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever

Prepare ahead of time for any headaches, sore joints and other aches and pains you may encounter on the trip by bringing along a dedicated OTC pain reliever before your trip. Aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen are all effective options that can tackle a wide range of ailments.

It's important to note that all OTC medicines now require a prescription from a doctor for FSA reimbursement.

Check Out: Bayer Aspirin Pain Reliever, Safety Coated, 325mg, Caplets, 100 ea

Cushioned Insoles

You'll be on your feet far more often than normal during your vacation, so make sure that your feet can stand up to the abuse with cushioned insoles. Insoles provide additional padding to absorb shock during each step, as well as cradling the heel to provide additional stability that can prevent strain and sudden injuries due to awkward movements. After a long day of exploring and being on your feet, cushioned insoles can help you bounce back more quickly!

Check Out: Men's: Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Men's Outrageous Comfort, Size 8-13

Women's: Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Women's Outrageous Comfort, Size 6-10

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Psi Bands

A clinically-proven, FDA-cleared and patented medical device, for the relief of nausea.


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Five Halloween safety hazards to watch out for

Are you ready for Halloween? Prepare for the day and check out some of the safety hazards to keep in mind.

halloweenHalloween is the rare holiday where we can step outside of our comfort zone and slip into a new identity, but it's also one that should keep us on our toes. Whether you're heading out to a Halloween party or trick-or-treating with the kids, the holiday could throw a few health-related curve balls your way you need to be prepared for.

Here are a few surprising Halloween health hazards to avoid to ensure you and your family have a safe holiday:

Face Paint/Makeup

You may never know how your skin will react when it comes into contact with a foreign substance, and this is a major concern with face paint and other Halloween-themed cosmetics. Allergic reactions are possible, so before you head out on Halloween night, apply a small amount of the paint to some bare skin to see how it will react. If you have any issues, you probably saved yourself a lot of anguish!

Dark Clothing

If you or a member of your family will be wearing dark clothing on Halloween, placing reflective tape somewhere on the outfit is always a good idea. With more people on the road and an increased chance for drunk drivers, reflective tape will make it much easier for passing drivers to see you.

Black Licorice

We all tend to overindulge in sugar during Halloween, but if you're a fan of black licorice, you should proceed with caution. A chemical compound found in licorice called glycyrrhizin, a sweetening agent derived from the licorice root, can actually cause an irregular heartbeat in some people by causing potassium levels to drop in the body. The phenomenon is rare, but for individuals over the age of 40 who have a history of hypertension or heart disease, excessive consumption of black licorice should be avoided.

Apple Bobbing

Bobbing for apples is a fixture at Halloween festivals for kids and adults alike, but the activity has begun to go out of fashion for its ability to spread germs. Sharing a tub of water with a group of people, in the midst of cold season no less, is a surefire way to get sick. If you're confident in your immune system, go right ahead, but apple bobbing may be an activity you and your kids will want to avoid.

Sugar Substitutes

Dietetic candies made with artificial sweeteners may be healthier than traditional candies, but they may have a nasty surprise in store for some individuals. One of the primary ingredients found in these candies, a sweetener called sorbitol, can cause gastrointestinal issues in adults. Ingestion of more than 10 grams of sorbitol can cause a wide range of potential issues, including bloating, cramps and severe diarrhea.

292155Before you head out this Halloween, be sure to visit FSAstore.com to explore the web's largest selection of FSA eligible products.

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