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Stop that nosebleed by stuffing bacon into your nostrils, study says

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Sprinkled on your salad, layered on your hamburger, stacked next to your eggs, and now, stuffed up your nose. The latest approved use for bacon will certainly raise some eyebrows.

According to a study by the Annals in Otology, Rhinology and Larynology, cured pork was shown to stop incessant nose bleeding when inserted into the nostrils.

In the study, doctors worked with a four-year-old girl who suffered from Glanzmann thrombasthenia, a platelet disorder that inhibits a person's ability to stop bleeding in a timely manner. The girl, who had suffered two near-death experiences because of her condition, was treated by having bacon inserted into the her nostrils. After 24 hours, the bleeding had stopped and within three days of the study's beginning, the girl was released from physician's care.

But why bacon? Doctors speculate that a certain characteristic within the meat's tissue may lend itself to stopping the episodes of bleeding.

Surprisingly, the recent study is not the first instance of doctors using cured pork to treat incessant nosebleeds. The method dates back as far as 1940, when, according to The Guardian, Dr. AJ Cone of the Washington University School of Medicine used bacon for a variety of blood-clotting reasons.

"It has not been uncommon in the St Louis Children's Hospital service to have a child request that salt pork be inserted in his nose with the first sign of a nosebleed," Cone wrote. "Wedges of salt pork have saved a great deal of time and energy when used in controlling nasal haemorrhage, as seen in cases of leukemia, haemophilia ... hypertension ... measles or typhoid fever and during the third stage of labor."

While some doctors continued the practice, it is believed that many abandoned using bacon with the development of new, more advanced techniques. Some doctors also expressed concern over possible bacteria that could accompany the bacon into a person's nasal cavity.

But thanks to the work of Ian Humphreys, Sonal Saraiya, Walter Belenky and James Dworkin in this latest study, bacon may be ready to make a comeback. The four docs stand by their method's results.

"Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly, effectively, and without sequelae," the doctors wrote.

Just another use for the now multi-dimensional meat product.

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