I looked up the word allergic and found it not in usage until the 1900's. I looked up sneeze, and found it was much earlier...from the 1600's.
No one can convince me that people didn't suffer allergies in the past. Then, I remembered my mom calling it hay fever.
I looked up hay fever. Bingo. It was in usage around the early 1800's but intimidated it was more an upscale term. Before that it was summer catarrh. Hay fever does sound more appealing than catarrh.
'd read about this malady somewhere in the past but I'd not know what kind of a tragic disease that was.
And apparently, I am a sufferer of summer catarrh. Stand aside everyone. I may have a sneezing fit.
But I'm looking forward to the bees, flowers and colors of spring and summer.