Winter calls for some dedicated wellness must-haves to help us stay comfortable and healthy during the cooler months. During cold and flu season especially, it’s important we build a healthy immune system. Here are some over-the-counter winter wellness must-haves that are all available for purchase with HSA funds at the pharmacy or online at the HSA store.
Did you know around 8% of the population catches the flu each year, and adults typically catch the common cold 2-3 times each year? That’s why cold and flu medicine tops our list of winter wellness must-haves. In addition to lots of rest and drinking lots of fluids, taking flu and cold tablets can provide temporary relief to cough, congestion, a runny nose, sore throat and headache. It can also reduce a fever.
In addition to cold and flu medicine, you'll also want to have some cough drops around. Cough drops contain soothing vapors that can help control a cough and reduce throat irritation.
If you’ve ever dealt with allergies before, then you know they aren’t fun. Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose and coughing are common for some during the winter. If your allergies flare up during the colder months, you’ll want to have allergy medication on hand. An over-the-counter antihistamine could reduce any inflammation caused by allergies in the winter.
Decongestants are medicines that relieve a stuffy nose. Congestion is often caused by a cold, the flu or allergies. Most decongestants come in a pill or liquid form and are available on the HSA store.
You’ll definitely want to have a thermometer around in the winter as fevers are signs you have a virus. The HSA store offers several types of thermometers depending on your preference. These include the standard oral thermometer for personal use or contactless digital thermometers your entire household can use to prevent the spread of infection.
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