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Hay Fever is a mechanic introduced in the Lush Season of the Hamlet DLC. When the player is first beginning to feel the effects of Hay Fever, the edges of the screen will begin flickering, getting brighter over time and revealing a yellowish-red pattern of leaves and flowers. After approximately 60 seconds, this pattern will creep toward the center of the screen, and upon reaching the center the player will sneeze, often twice in a row. Sneezes stun the player briefly, drain 5 sanity per sneeze and cause 0-3 items to fall out of the player's inventory per sneeze.

The effects of Hay Fever can be negated using a Gas Mask, and durability can be conserved by only equipping the mask when the pattern on screen is at its brightest and removing when the pattern disappears. Eating Seed Pods, Nettles or Nettle Rolls are also effective against the effects, with Nettle Rolls preventing sneezing for an entire day.

Gameplay Mechanics
Activities CookingCraftingFarmingFightingFishingSleeping
(Boating Shipwrecked icon) (Beefalo Riding Don't Starve Together icon)
Environment Day-Night CycleMoon CycleNightmare CycleEarthquakeLightningRain
(Strong WindsFogWavesFloodingVolcanic Eruption Shipwrecked icon) (Fog Hamlet icon) (Sandstorm Don't Starve Together icon)
Seasons SummerWinter • (AutumnSpring Reign of Giants icon)
(Mild SeasonHurricane SeasonMonsoon SeasonDry Season Shipwrecked icon) (Temperate SeasonHumid SeasonLush Season Hamlet icon)
Mechanics BeardBiomeCharactersCharlieControlsDeathDurabilityExperienceFireFood SpoilageFreezingHealthHungerInventoryLightMapNaughtinessNon-renewable resourcesSanitySavingStructures
(Wetness Reign of Giants iconShipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Overheating Reign of Giants iconShipwrecked icon) (Poison Shipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Hay Fever Hamlet icon) (EventsDiseaseGhostsWorld RegrowthSkins Don't Starve Together icon)
Mode Survival ModeAdventure ModeCavesRuinsVolcanoWorld Customization
Others Pig VillageRoad (Trail) • GraveyardOceanAbyssBridgeSet PieceThingsMorgue