HEY, WHAT'S HAY FEVER?
You might hear seasonal allergies described as “hay fever” from time to time. Actually, it’s what seasonal allergies were called two centuries ago. Here’s how “hay fever” and “seasonal allergies” came to be synonymous.
LIVING WITH HAY FEVER ALLERGY
Today we refer to hay fever, as allergenic rhinitis or seasonal allergies. And we know the top culprit of allergenic rhinitis isn’t hay, but the pollen from trees, weeds, and grasses that’s released at the same time hay is growing.2
What’s more, millions of Americans experience hay fever symptoms year-round, regardless of when pollen season starts and ends. Year-round symptoms can be caused by indoor allergens, such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold.3
As Bostock observed, the symptoms of hay fever can indeed occur "with great violence" or, rather, they can be awfully unpleasant and disruptive. But they don’t have to be. With our understanding today, there are ways to avoid triggers as well as allergy treatments that can help you alleviate your symptoms.
1. Ramachandran, M., & Aronson, J. (2011). John Bostock's first description of hayfever. JRSM, 237-240. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3110966/
2. Allergic Rhinitis. (n.d.). Retrieved March 26, 2015, from https://acaai.org/allergies/types/hay-fever-rhinitis
3. Indoor Allergens. (n.d.). Retrieved March 26, 2015, from http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/indoor-allergens