hay fever

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hay fever

noun

medical : a sickness that is like a cold and that is caused by breathing in plant pollen

Full Definition of HAY FEVER

:  an acute allergic reaction to pollen that is usually seasonal and is marked by sneezing, nasal discharge and congestion, and itching and watering of the eyes —called also pollinosis

First Known Use of HAY FEVER

1829

hay fever

noun \ˈhā-ˌfē-vər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HAY FEVER

: an acute allergic reaction to pollen that is usually seasonal and is marked by sneezing, nasal discharge and congestion, and itching and watering of the eyes—called also pollinosis

hay fever

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Seasonal sneezing, nasal congestion, and tearing and itching of the eyes caused by allergy to the pollen of certain plants. These plants are chiefly those pollinated by the wind (e.g., ragweed in North America, timothy grass in Britain). Antihistamines and corticosteroids may provide temporary relief, but the most effective long-range treatment is desensitization. Unless properly treated, about one-third of patients with hay fever develop asthma.

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