45-year-old Darren Young says his wife does not need to use the traditional headache excuse to keep him away. Just saying she has used creams and lotions should do the trick.
Mr Young, a bus driver from Sprotbrough, South Yorkshire, revealed that he is allergic to a chemical, known as polyethylene glycol, which is used in creams and lotions. Contact with the chemical disturbs his heart rate and his body swells up.
"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," Young told The Sun. "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."
He first knew about the allergy when he was given a steroid injection containing the chemical. His heart stopped and he had to be resuscitated.