hay fever


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

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From antibacterial properties, aiding digestion, hay fever, colds, energy and even as cure for sleeping disorders the list goes on. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "James Middleton Reveals Surprise Passion for Beekeeping: 'It’s a Chance to Escape My Mind'," 23 Aug. 2019 People prescribed antacids are roughly twice as likely to later be offered drugs for respiratory allergies, such as hay fever or asthma, a new study finds. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Can antacids boost allergy risk?," 30 July 2019 Their research team, analyzing the serum of hay fever sufferers exposed to ragweed, identified and isolated a rare antibody, or blood protein, that attacks foreign substances entering the body. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Dr. Teruko Ishizaka, Who Advanced Allergy Treatment, Dies at 92," 13 June 2019 Here are nine effective alternatives for approaching hay fever this season: 1. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 9 Best Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies," 15 May 2019 Less common is ear, eye and skin reactions, along with hay fever and flulike symptoms. Lisa Cianci, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tips to stay safe in water on July Fourth and all summer," 28 June 2018 Reduced exposure to microorganisms and parasites is associated with increased rates of certain diseases, like asthma and hay fever, for example. Tori Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "5 "Bad" Habits That Are Actually Good for You," 3 Aug. 2016 Allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, and asthma can develop in children as early as two years old. Chris Couch, USA TODAY, "Ask a Doc: Can I do anything to ensure my newborn doesn't develop allergies?," 17 May 2018 Spring is in the air, which unfortunately for many of us means sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion and other symptoms associated with seasonal allergic reactions, aka, hay fever. NBC News, "How to prep your home for allergy season," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hay fever

1829, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hay fever

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

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Kids Definition of hay fever

: an allergy to pollen that is usually marked by sneezing, a runny or stuffed nose, and itchy and watering eyes

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\ ˈhā-ˌfē-vər How to pronounce hay fever (audio) \

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

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