Finn is walking in a field. He has a pained expression and is holding his neck.  Joanna looks at him.

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Finn.

Finn and Joanna are out hiking when Finn gets stung by a bee. Finn is allergic to bee stings so they have to act fast.

Finn is walking in a field. He has a pained expression and is holding his neck.  Joanna looks at him.

Joanna and I always spend a few days of our summer holidays out in the countryside – we both love the outdoors and exploring new walks.

Finn is walking in a field. He has a pained expression and is holding his neck.  Joanna looks at him.

We were hiking through a field when I was stung on my neck by a bee. This was a not a great situation to be in – not only did it hurt, but I also have a severe allergy to bee stings.

Finn is seated with a swollen, red blotchy face. An auto-injector is in his hand. Joanna is looking at him and using the phone..

My body reacted immediately. My face and hands began to swell; my skin began to itch, going red and blotchy. I started to find it difficult to talk or breathe. I was on the verge of panicking.

Finn holds an auto-injector and is pushing it against his leg through jeans.

Joanna knew that we needed to do something straight-away. She got me to sit down and helped calm me down. I always take my epi-pen out with me, so while Joanna called 999 I grabbed it from my bag and gave myself the injection.

Finn holds an auto-injector and is pushing it against his leg through jeans.

Joanna explained to the emergency services that I had had a severe allergic reaction and that I had used my epi-pen to help. We used Joanna’s phone’s mapping app to pinpoint where we were so the ambulance could find us easily.

Finn is sitting with his back against a tree. Joanna is looking at him.

While we waited for help to arrive Joanna stayed with me and made sure I was as comfortable as possible. She kept reassuring me that help was on the way. I’m so grateful that she was there and kept calm.

Allergic reactions can be scary to see, but Joanna managed to stay calm and help Finn. How would you feel if your friend or relative had an allergic reaction?

What are the signs that someone is having a severe allergic reaction?

What is the most important thing to do if you think someone is having a severe allergic reaction?

Finn is seated with a swollen, red blotchy face. An auto-injector is in his hand. Joanna is looking at him and using the phone..

How confident do you feel about helping someone who is having a severe allergic reaction?

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Finn holds an auto-injector and is pushing it against his leg leg through jeans.

Take action: If someone is having a severe allergic reaction, call 999 and help them to use their auto-injector.

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