Bacon Nasal Plug Stops Chronic Nose Bleeds

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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.

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.

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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.”

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Bacon for first aid. Who knew?

[Via Atlantic Wire. Image: El Gran Dee]