Why is allergic rhinitis also called hay fever? Did it used to happen only with hay?

Name in olden times. In the 19th century inflammatory conditions were called "fevers". Temperature elevation was not a necessary requirement. Symptoms of ragweed allergy occur from mid-august to mid-september, the season when farmers cut the hay down in rural america. People attributed their allergic symptoms to dust from the cut hay. Ragweed pollen, the true cause of hay fever, was recognized only ~50 years ago.

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Is allergic rhinitis the same thing as hay fever?

Yes. Hay fever is the popular term for seasonal allergic rhinitis that occurs in late summer on the east coast and in central states to the rockie mountains. Read more...

Hay fever also know as allergic rhinitis or can hay fever be other things?

Maybe if you are not. Specific. Hay fever started off as a term describing how people felt when they developed sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion to ragweed pollen during aug-sep when hay was harvested. They complained of feeling achy as if they had a fever. They thought they had an infection. Now some will call all outdoor allergic rhinitis as hay fever. Except in texas, in dec, it is called cedar fever. Read more...
Hay fever is it. Hay fever is a form of seasonal allergic rhinitis caused by allergy to ragweed. Ragweed pollenates during late august to early september, the traditional time for mowing hay. 19th century physicians thought that this malady of the nose & eyes might be due in some fashion to particles released by freshly mowed hay. "fever" is a 19th century term for inflammation & doesn't mean temperature elevation. Read more...

I'm being treated for allergic rhinitis. Should the shots make me feel like I have the flu?

Rhinitis. The shots can make you feel tired, fatigued, itchy, etc... But typically feeling like you have a "cold" isn't a side effect. Maybe you really do have a "cold". Read more...