Naphthalene

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Naphthalene is a white solid that is found naturally in fossil fuels. Burning tobacco or wood produces naphthalene. It has a strong, but not unpleasant smell.

The major products made from naphthalene are moth repellents. It is also used for making dyes, resins, leather, tanning agents, and the insecticide, carbaryl.

Exposure to naphthalene happens mostly from breathing air contaminated from the burning of wood or fossil fuels, industrial discharges, tobacco smoke, or moth repellents. Exposure to naphthalene is associated with anemia, damage to the kidneys, and, in infants, brain damage. Symptoms of acute exposure include headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, malaise, confusion, jaundice, convulsions, and coma. Exposure to large amounts of naphthalene may damage or destroy some of your red blood cells. Cataracts have also been reported in workers acutely exposed to naphthalene by inhalation and ingestion. Recently, government researchers found that exposure to products that contain naphthalene may increase the risk of cancer. Naphthalene has been found in at least 536 of the 1,430 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of naphthalene exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



See Also

  1. Toxic & Hazardous Substances
  2. Anemia
  3. Bladder Control & Urination Problems: Overview
  4. Blood Disorders: Overview
  5. Cataracts: Overview
  6. Coma: Overview
  7. Delirium: Overview
  8. Depression: Overview
  9. Diarrhea: Overview
  10. Fatigue: Overview
  11. Head & Brain Injury
  12. Headaches
  13. Jaundice
  14. Kidney Failure
  15. Nausea: Overview
  16. Seizures: Overview
  17. Sleep Disorders: Overview
  18. Naphthalene: Frequently Asked Questions
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