High pollen counts affecting allergies

Posted at 6:18 AM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 07:28:42-05

You might think your runny or stuffed nose is a cold, but it could be allergies.

According to, it's the peak of allergy season right now in Palm Beach County, and Thursday could be one of the worst days.

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Experts say Florida is one of the worst states in the country for allergies this month.

On Thursday, the pollen count is expected to be even higher than on Wednesday in our area.

The trees with the top allergens right now are oak, bayberry and juniper.

A high pollen count can have a big effect on some people and asthma can be triggered by pollen, causing you to cough or have shortness of breath.

Oak trees specifically spew large amounts of microscopic particles that make our nose, throats and eyes miserable this time of year.

You may have seen some of those yellow dust particles on your cars from those trees.

Pollen counts are the highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., so plan your outdoor activities accordingly.