SPAIN HAS around eight million people who suffer from hayfever to a level which requires treatment or medication, either prescribed by a doctor or bought over the counter.
Figures show those whose condition worsens when the pollen count is high has risen from 22% to 33% over the last ten years.
For hayfever sufferers, the start of spring invariably brings sneezing fits, stuffy noses, headaches, sore and runny eyes, especially in the south, north-east and centre of Spain.
Olive trees, cypress and bananas are among those which are most likely to spark allergic reactions, although fortunately for those on the Mediterranean, orange trees seem less of an aggravating factor.
The pollen count is expected to be high over the next few weeks for banana trees, with Inland Murcia, Andalucía, Catalunya, Extremadura, Aragón and Madrid being the main affected areas.
It’s not all bad news for sufferers though, the Spanish Allergy Society (SEAIC) revealed recently that last spring was much more intense in terms of pollen levels than the expected levels of Spring 2017.
However for those living in the cities and provinces of Sevilla, Jaén, Madrid, Barcelona and Zaragoza, this may be cold comfort, as they are already dealing with the effects of very high pollen levels.
Measured in grams per cubic metre of air, the worst count in the whole of Spain is in Madrid, at a whopping 2.32 kilos.