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 Babies and toddlers who got one dose of antibiotics were more likely to have asthma, eczema, hay fever, food allergies, weight problems, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder later in childhood. Faith Karimi, CNN, "5 things to know for November 16: Covid, Election 2020, Iota, antibiotics, Belarus," 16 Nov. 2020 Gibson’s early years were filled with medical troubles — rickets, pneumonia, asthma, hay fever and a heart problem. Rick Hummel, chicagotribune.com, "Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, one of baseball’s most dominating pitchers of all time, dies of cancer at age 84," 2 Oct. 2020 Benadryl contains diphenhydramine, an antihistamine that temporarily relieves symptoms caused by hay fever, upper respiratory allergies or the common cold, such as a runny nose and sneezing. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "TikTok "Benadryl Challenge" prompts FDA warning on overdoses," 25 Sep. 2020 Benadryl is an antihistamine used to treat symptoms such as a runny nose or sneezing from upper respiratory allergies, hay fever or the common cold. Shelby Lin Erdman, CNN, "FDA issues Benadryl warning as it investigates reports of teen injuries and deaths linked to TikTok challenge," 25 Sep. 2020 The algae can cause a rash, gastrointestinal and respiratory problems, and hay fever-like symptoms, Riggins said. Washington Post, "Potentially toxic algae bloom prompts health advisory for Triadelphia Reservoir," 17 Sep. 2020 Patients with atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema, suffer from dry, itchy skin and rashes, and have a higher risk of developing hay fever, asthma and food allergies. Ian Myles, The Conversation, "Live bacteria spray is showing promise in treating childhood eczema," 10 Sep. 2020 Never mind the differing symptoms — that sneezing and runny nose, hallmarks of hay fever, are not typically associated with COVID-19, which commonly produces coughing, fever and in more serious cases shortness of breath. Michael Rubinkam, The Denver Post, "Hay fever or coronavirus? For allergy sufferers, a season of worry.," 30 Mar. 2020 That’s causing angst for people who never have had to particularly worry about their hay fever, other than to stock up on antihistamines, decongestants and tissues. Michael Rubinkam, The Denver Post, "Hay fever or coronavirus? For allergy sufferers, a season of worry.," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hay fever

1829, in the meaning defined above

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24 Nov 2020

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“Hay fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hay%20fever. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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hay fever

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hay fever

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

hay fever

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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

hay fever

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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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