Finn and Joanna are walking in a field. Finn has a pained expression and is holding his neck.

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Finn is looking at camera

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 and Joanna are walking in a field. Finn has a pained expression and is holding his neck.

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 and Joanna are walking in a field. Finn has a pained expression and is holding his neck.

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 has a rash on his face and is holding an auto injector. Joanna calls 999

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 uses an auto-injector in his thigh 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 uses an auto-injector in his thigh 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.

Joanna reassures Finn after his allergic reaction

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. What do you think helped her stay calm in this situation?

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

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

Finn has a rash on his face and is holding an auto injector. Joanna calls 999

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Finn uses an auto-injector in his thigh 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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