The use of cow dung among south Indians, especially in the villages to clean the premises and living areas is well known since ages. Now a days, since people find it difficult to easily flock natural cow dung, synthetic cow dung powders possessing germicidal properties have come into role. These synthetic dyes are available readily in two colors: yellow (auramine) and green (malachite). Despite the fact that these synthetic powders are legally banned because of the toxic effects, they are yet easily available in the grocery stores. The consumption of synthetic cow dung powders with a suicidal intention among the south Indian adults especially in the districts of Coimbatore, Tirupur and Erode is gradually increasing in recent times along with a concurrent increase in accidental consumption of these powders among the pediatric population. And there are no specific treatment plan or prescribed antidote available for the management of synthetic cow dung powder poisoning. A very few cases have been reported with synthetic yellow cow dung powder poisoning and no cases have been reported with malachite. We have reported two cases with the history of accidental consumption of the toxin in this case series.
Keywords: Auramine, Malachite, Synthetic cow dung powder