Definition of hay fever in US English:

hay fever


  • An allergy caused by pollen or dust in which the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose are itchy and inflamed, causing a runny nose and watery eyes.

    • ‘There was no association between having had multiple vaccinations and hay fever.’
    • ‘Intranasal corticosteroids, which you spray into your nose, are effective for hay fever.’
    • ‘Despite advances in treatment, an increase has been observed in the incidence of summer hay fever.’
    • ‘Decongestants help to relieve symptoms such as a blocked nose, which is often caused by hay fever, and by dust and pet allergies.’
    • ‘Rhinitis is a symptom of the common cold and of hay fever.’
    • ‘People who experience both asthma and hay fever may also wheeze and become short of breath.’
    • ‘Although the symptoms of colds and hay fever are similar, the causes are distinctly different.’
    • ‘The type of pollen particle triggering hay fever is probably from trees, grasses or weeds.’
    • ‘If there is eczema, asthma, or hay fever in your family, you are more likely to become allergic to something yourself.’
    • ‘Inhaled anti-inflammatory cortisone drugs can be used for both hay fever and asthma.’
    • ‘People are most at risk from hay fever when the pollen count is high.’
    • ‘If you have hay fever or other allergies, a sore throat may be one of the symptoms.’
    • ‘Identical questions were asked about asthma, hay fever, and respiratory symptoms at each survey.’
    • ‘Consider immunotherapy at a specialist centre for those with severe hay fever not responding to medical treatment.’
    • ‘If you have seasonal hay fever, you may be allergic to pollens released by trees, grasses or weeds.’
    • ‘Heredity plays a key role in determining who gets allergies, including hay fever.’
    • ‘You're more likely to get hay fever if there is a history of allergies in your family, particularly asthma or eczema.’
    • ‘Antihistamines are most often used to treat the symptoms of allergies, particularly hay fever, and reactions to bites and stings.’
    • ‘Chewing a piece of comb honey daily often helps to clear the nose and sinuses during hay fever attacks.’
    • ‘Sneezing, a blocked or runny nose and itchy eyes are common symptoms of hay fever, also called seasonal allergic rhinitis.’


hay fever

/ˈheɪ ˌfivər/