Doctor warns of ragweed, mold ahead of fall allergy season

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) –  As the seasons change and the weather gets cooler, an allergy doctors is preparing for a busy fall in Middle Georgia.

“We don’t want our allergies to limit our life; we want to get out and live life,” Dr. Jeff Langford at Langford Allergy said. “This is a pretty time of year in Middle Georgia and we should get out and live it.”

Many people experience the common fall allergy symptoms: runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, water eyes etc. But its what causes those symptoms Dr. Jeff Langford wants people to understand.

“This is your typical Middle Georgia weed patch,” Langford said as he strolled through Central City Park in Macon. “Ragweed out here, and there’s some golden rod and there’s a little bit of pigweed out here too. All of those are major fall pollinators that set of the symptoms we’ve been talking about.”

Langford says falling leaves rot when they’re on the ground and are a breeding ground for mold spores – a common allergen.

Jennifer Maldonado is preparing for some trouble this season with her allergy problems.

“Only one eye waters I never get both at the same time, and then a runny nose; it’s really just the drainage for me and a bad cough,” Maldonado said. “Between the weather and the degrees as soon as it drops everything else seems to come in.”

There is relief for fall allergies in the form of a shot. Langford says its a treatment that allergists have been using for about 100 years.

“We take everything your allergic to and customize a serum with the actual pollen, mold spores, dust-mites and name that medicine after you and give you doses over time so your body becomes less allergic, and it become immune,” Langford said. “We’ve gotten pretty good at it.”

Langford Allergy, LLC has locations in Gray, Forsyth, Macon, Milledgeville and Warner Robins. To schedule an appointment check out their website: http://www.langfordallergy.com/. You can also visit their Facebook page or call them at (478) 787-4728.