hay fever

noun

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

Examples of hay fever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pollen is one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies, or hay fever. cleveland, 12 May 2022 Also, research suggests that genetics may play a part, so if eczema as well as asthma or hay fever run in your immediate family, your risk of developing this condition increases. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 29 Mar. 2022 People who struggle with seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever and allergic rhinitis, are mostly reacting to pollen from plants, according to the National Institutes of Health. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 More rainfall, and especially heavy rainstorms, can make pollen irritation more severe during hay fever season, a 2021 study found. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Mar. 2022 Allergic reactions from sulfites can include wheezing, hay fever, and hives. Chris Smith, BGR, 13 Dec. 2021 About a quarter of kids had hay fever on the Finnish side. Kara Miller, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Dec. 2021 Having a good understanding of coronavirus symptoms and signs of seasonal allergies (also commonly referred to as hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis) is a helpful first step. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 4 Nov. 2021 And how can having someone prod your body with skinny needles relieve aches, pains or horrible hay fever? Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hay fever

1829, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Hay fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hay%20fever. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hay fever

hay fever

noun

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

hay fever

noun
\ 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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