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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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 Specializes in human, animal and drug allergies, hay fever and travel vaccinations. Peggy Siegal, Town & Country, "This Underground Plastic Surgery Guide Is the Talk of the Upper East Side," 20 Nov. 2017 However, other such medications treating conditions such as hay fever or stomach cramps were not linked to dementia. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Some antidepressants linked to dementia, study finds," 26 Apr. 2018 In the United States, food allergies affect about 5% of children and 4% of adults, and allergic rhinitis or hay fever affects about 8% of adults and children, according to the National Institutes of Health. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Ah-choo! These meds linked with higher allergy risk in kids," 2 Apr. 2018 In the last 12 months alone, more than 8 percent of the U.S. population were with diagnosed with hay fever. Jessica Brown, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Seasonal Allergies," 26 Mar. 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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