Allergy Symptoms

Bionette for Nasal Allergy Symptom Relief

Consider using Bionette before medications when you want relief from your nasal allergy symptoms. Bionette is a clinically proven, drug free, side-effect free, small and lightweight, easy-to-use Health Canada licensed medical device.

Licensed • Drug-free • Side-Effect free • Buy once and use year after year

Because Bionette does not contain any drugs, you do not have to worry about interactions with medication, over the counter antihistamines, or alcohol. Bionette is ready to go when you need it. Because it is a medical device, it lasts and lasts. Bionette can be used by anyone six years of age and older.

Caution: This information should not substitute for seeking responsible, professional medical care.

Sources of allergen triggers

Seasonal allergic rhinitis is triggered by pollen and mold spores. Sources include:

  • Tree pollens in spring (Alder, Ash, Beech, Birch, Box, Elder, Elm, Hickory, Maple, Mulberry, and Oaks)
  • Grass pollens in late spring and summer (Bermuda Grass, Kentucky Blue Grass, Johnson Grass, Bahia, Orchard, Meadow Fescue, Rye Grass, Redtop, Timothy, and Sweet Vernal)
  • Air transmitted flower and weed pollens (Ragweed, Dock, Golden Rod, Plantains, Sheep Sorrel, Thistle, Sagebrush and Nettles)
  • Spores from plants (ferns, fungi)
  • Fungus, mould growing on dead leaves, common in summer and fall. Cutting grass, raking leaves, working in hay and mulch piles, walking amongst ferns and kicking mushrooms will increase your exposure to outdoor moulds and their spores.

    Pollen is released early in the morning, shortly after dawn. Pollen travels best on warm, dry, breezy days and peaks in urban areas mid-day. Pollen counts are lowest during chilly or wet periods.

Year-round allergic rhinitis may be triggered by:

  • Pet dander
  • Dust and household mites
  • Cockroaches
  • Moulds growing on walls, paper, house plants, carpeting, and upholstery

Risk Factors

  • Family history of allergies
  • Having other allergies, such as food allergies or eczema
  • Exposure to second hand cigarette smoke
  • Male gender

When to see a doctor

See a doctor if:

  • You think you may have hay fever
  • Your symptoms are ongoing and bothersome
  • Allergy medications aren't working for you
  • Allergy medications work, but side effects are a problem
  • You have another condition that can worsen hay fever symptoms, such as nasal polyps, asthma or frequent sinus infections

Many people — especially children — get used to hay fever symptoms. But getting the right treatment can reduce irritating symptoms. In some cases, treatment may help prevent more serious allergic conditions, such as asthma or eczema.


Your doctor will ask about your family and personal history of allergy. You may be asked some of the following questions:

  • Do symptoms change depending on the time of day or the season?
  • Do you have a pet?
  • Have you made changes to your diet?
  • Are you taking any medications?

Your doctor will do a physical exam and may also recommend a skin test to find out what you are allergic to. In a scratch test, for example, small amounts of suspected allergens are applied to the skin with a needle prick or scratch. If there is an allergy, the area will become swollen and red. Sometimes a blood test may be used to find out which allergens you react to.

With young children, it can help to watch what they do. For example, a child with allergic rhinitis may wiggle his nose and push it upward with the palm of the hand.

Comparison - Allergy or Cold




Allergies usually cause runny nose ( clear discharge), stuffed nose, violent sneezing, wheezing, coughing, watery and itchy eyes.

Flu/cold usually includes runny nose ( yellow discharge), aches and pains, sore and scratchy throat along with sneezing and coughing.


There is no fever with allergies.

If you have a fever it is almost certainly a flu/cold rather than allergies.


Anytime of the year: spring, summer, fall or winter.

Usually appear in winter, but are also possible in the fall, spring or summer.


Symptoms begin almost immediately after exposure to allergens.

Usually takes a few days for flu/cold symptoms to appear.


Symptoms last a long time, as long you are exposed to the allergen. If the allergen is present all year long, symptoms can be chronic.

Flu/cold symptoms should clear up within a few days to a week. Rarely lasts more than 10 days.

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