What's Going Around: The common cold and allergies

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - More viral infections are going around this week.

Once school starts back up, a lot of doctors offices get very busy treating kids for these infections.

They could be the common cold, the stomach flu or a respiratory illness.

Students are once again in close quarters with each other sharing everything including germs, viruses, even mites.

Viral respiratory infections are sending a lot of people to see the doctor at Cox Health's Nixa Clinic.

Symptoms include nasal congestion, cough and drainage.

Doctors say the best way to stay healthy is to wash your hands.

Also, stay away from people who are sick and drink plenty of water.

It’s also a good idea to get at least 8 hours of sleep.

If you are the one who is sick, doctors say to stay home at least 24 hours after the symptoms subside.

Allergies are also still a nuisance in the Ozarks.

Now that September is here and the weather has taken a little bit of a dip from the hot summer temperatures, ragweed season is about to start.

According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s pollen data for September 5, 2013 mold is high, grass is moderate, tree pollen is low and weed pollen is high.