LONDON – A man who claims to be allergic to his wife says he comes out in a rash whenever he goes near her.
Darren Young, 45, is allergic to a component regularly used in common creams and body lotions.
His heart rate soars – it may even stop – and his body swells if he comes into contact with the chemical, known as polyethylene glycol.
Mr. Young, a bus driver from Sprotbrough, South Yorkshire, says he cannot get close to his wife Sue unless she is free of all creams.
He told The Sun: “When it comes to bedtime Sue doesn’t need a headache as an excuse. She just says she has been using body lotion and it might kill me.
“It’s not just Sue – I can get a reaction if I go into a pub or a restaurant where a woman has been sitting. The doctors don’t really know why it has suddenly happened.”
Mr. Young discovered his allergy when he was given a steroid injection containing polyethylene glycol to treat a problem with his foot.
His face swelled up, his heart stopped and he had to be resuscitated.
He now has to be careful of what he touches and constantly carry medication.