What causes mothball smelling breath?
Tryptophan is used by bacteria in the mouth to produce the molecule skatole, which smells really bad. Skatole gives animal manure its distinctive smell and can make human breath take on the displeasing scent of mothballs. Tryptophan is also found in mucus.
What does it mean when you smell mothballs?
People are exposed to the chemicals in mothballs by inhaling the fumes. If you smell mothballs, you are being exposed to these chemicals. Children or