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We all know the internet loves bacon. And now there’s yet another reason to sing the praises of these strips of salted pork: When rolled into a plug (like a tampon) and inserted into the nose, bacon can stop chronic and uncontrollable nose bleeds.
As reported in the Guardian,
“A new medical study recommends a method called “nasal packing with strips of cured pork” as an effective way to treat uncontrollable nosebleeds.”
Doctors at the Detroit Medical Center successfully treated a girl with a rare hereditary disorder (Glanzmann thrombasthenia) that can cause prolonged nasal hemorrhage – by using a bacon nasal tampon!
The study was published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, with the gist of it being:
“Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly, effectively, and without sequelae … To our knowledge, this represents the first description of nasal packing with strips of cured pork for treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage in a patient with Glanzmann thrombasthenia.”
Although the doctors claim this is the first treatment for that particular disorder, they also acknowledge a long tradition of using cured pork to treat nosebleeds. They speculate that the technique fell into disuse because “packing with salt pork was fraught with bacterial and parasitic complications.”