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Mothballs can create opportunities for poisoning when used for pest control or as a deodorizer.
Some types of mothballs are more dangerous than others. Avoid buying mothballs containing NAPHTHALENE.
One-half of a mothball can be dangerous if swallowed. Infants wearing clothes that have been stored in mothballs can absorb the toxins through their skin.
Ingestion of mothballs can produce vomiting, drowsiness, anemia, and kidney damage.
Inhalation can produce headaches, eye irritation, and nausea.
Call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 with questions about an exposure or for more information.