hay fever definition

  • noun:
    • An allergic condition affecting the mucous membranes associated with upper respiratory tract while the eyes, usually characterized by nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes and usually due to an abnormal sensitiveness to airborne pollen. Also known as pollinosis.
    • An allergy toward pollen of lawn or any other flowers that triggers symptoms similar to those of a cold; pollinosis.
    • nasal catarrh accompanied with fever, and often with paroxysms of dyspnÅ“a, to which some people tend to be subject in the springtime and summertime months. It has been related to the effluvium from hay, and the pollen of certain flowers. Additionally, it is called hay-asthma, hay cold, rose cool, and rose fever.
    • A feverish attack, coming-on in the summertime, with swelling of the mucous membrane layer associated with the nostrils and eyes, or conjunctivitis, bronchitis, and asthma, and caused by the pollen of varied flowers, particularly for the ragweed.
    • a seasonal rhinitis resulting from an allergic reaction to pollen

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