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Allergic to grasses and olive trees? This is how you will experience it if you live in Malaga

People allergic to grasses and olive trees face a critical period since, from April to June, the pollination process occurs, a phase that in the Mediterranean area can last until August. In fact, this year spring allergies came earlier a few months ago due to a very dry winter and higher than usual temperatures.

In the coming days, one of the most frequent allergic outbreaks during spring is expected, those related to grasses and olive trees, seven of which are allergic to grasses followed by allergies to olive trees, arizona, plantain, salsola and parietaria. , according to the Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SEAIC).

But what does this spring-summer look like for people allergic to grasses and olive trees? The SEAIC estimates that, in general, they will have a mild spring in almost all of Spain, with the exception of the south of the peninsula where a variable intensity is expected. Specifically, a very mild allergic outbreak is expected in Almería, mild in the provinces of Málaga, Cádiz, Granada and Huelva; and moderate in Córdoba, Jaén and Seville.

The president of the SEAIC Aerobiology Committee, Dr. Ángel Moral, emphasizes that “those allergic to pollens in the south of the peninsula face a spring of variable intensity, ranging between 1,000 grains/m3 in Almería and 6,000 grains/m3 in Cáceres and Badajoz of grass pollens.

Symptoms and advice

Some of the symptoms that a patient with an allergy may have are itchy nose, eyes, palate and even ears, frequently accompanied by sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion, experts point out. Eye redness, watery eyes or even the formation of blisters or bags can be other symptoms derived from an allergy, as well as difficulty breathing, coughing or whistling noises in people who suffer from allergic asthma.

Specialists advise that, in the presence of some of these symptoms, you go to an allergist to evaluate the case and determine if you need immunotherapy treatment. They point out that many people who suffer from allergic rhinitis sometimes confuse it with a prolonged cold and do not see a specialist in time, which delays diagnosis and treatment, increasing the possibility of developing asthma.

As for tips to cope with spring allergies as best as possible, you should avoid staying in the countryside or in areas with abundant vegetation during these months, especially on windy days; It is recommended to sleep with the windows closed and, if you travel, also do so with the car windows closed and using anti-poll filters in the car ventilation; Wearing sunglasses and avoiding exposure to non-specific irritants such as fumes, dust or strong odors can also help you cope better with the allergy.