Naphthalene is an organic compound with formula C10H8 It is the simplest polycyclic nice-smelling hydrocarbon, and is a white (very clear/related to things that look like little pieces of clear glass) solid with a (typical and expected) odor that is detectable at concentrations as low as 0.08 ppm by mass. As a nice-smelling hydrocarbon, naphthalene’s structure consists of a (joined together/protected by a fuse) pair of benzene rings. It is best known as the main ingredient of traditional mothballs.

Naphthalene is a widely used industrial and household chemical in the form of mothballs . But it has

rarely bee an agent of poisoning worldwide . We describe a case of ingestion-al naphthalene poisoning with a good outcome after proper management .

Keyword : Ascorbic acid , Hemolysis , Methemoglobinemia , Methylene blue , N- acetylcysteine , renal replacement therapy


Naphthalene mothballs are commonly used in households . It has rarely been an agent of pooisoning world . Severe haemolysis from naphthalene poisoning is rare and can be a challenge to clinicians .

Naphthalene is a bicyclic aromatic hydrocarbon with a molecular weight of 128 ( C10H8 ) [2] . The clinical features of naphthalene ingestion are mentioned in [ Table / Fig – 2 ] [ 3 ] . Studies have demonstrated that toxic manifestations of naphthalene may be due  to enhanced production of free oxygen radicals , resulting in lipid per oxidation and deoxyribonucleic acid damage [ 4 ] . Ascorbic acid acts as a free radical scavenger and hence may be useful in this situation [ 5 ] .Haemolysis occurs particularly in patients with G6PD deficiency , who have a low tolerance to oxidative stress . Renal failure as a complication of naphthanlene-induced haemolysis and haemoglobinuria has been reported [ 6 ] .

Specific treatment includes the use of methylene blue and exchange transfusion . Methylene blue increases the rate of conversion of methaemoglobin to haemoglobin by accepting an electron ( in the presence of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate [NADPH ] and methaemoglobin reductase , to form leucomethylene blue , which can than donate this electron to reduce methaemoglobin [9 ] .


In summary , naphthalene mothball ingestion can present with prolonged haemolytic anaemia and methaemoglobinaemia . Naphthalene poisoning is uncommon but can prove fatal , especially in patients who are G6PD deficient . But if managed properly , the patient can have a good outcome .


Naphthalene balls are stored in air-tight bags made of a non-reactive plastic such as polythylene or polypropylene ( other plastics may cause a reaction ) . The clothing protected by their presence must also be enclosed in one of these plastics and must be sealed within it . Otherwise the vapors will tend to escape and will lose the effectiveness  . Manufacture’s instructions regularly warn against using mothballs for any purpose other than those specified by the packaging , as such uses are not harmful and noxious , they are also frequently considered illegal .

Health risks

The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that 1,4-dichlorobenzene “. This has been indicated by animal study has not been done . The National Toxicology Program (NTP), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the state of California consider 1,4-dichlorobenzene a carcinogen .


As discussed in more detail at Tineola bisselliella , alternatives to mothballs to control cloths moths include dry cleaning , freezing , through vacuuming , and washing in hot water . Camphor is also used as a moth repellent , particularly in China . Unlike naphthalene and dichlorobenzene , camphor has medicinal applications and is not regarded as a carcinogen , though it is toxic in large doses .

Pheromone traps are also an effective tool used when attempting to protect valuable clothing .

In popular culture

As a verb, “mothball’ has a metaphorical usage , meaning “to stop work on an idea , plan, or job leaving it in such a way yhat work can continue in the future .


Distributor Requirements

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