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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Using cured pork to cure nosebleeds

Glanzmann thrombasthenia is a rare genetic platelet disorder that impairs the clotting of blood. Uncontrollable nosebleeds are common for people suffering from this disorder and can be deadly if left untreated. Fortunately, a rather unorthodox treatment may offer some relief.

According to a recent medical study, stuffing strips of cured pork into the nasal cavities may stop incessant nosebleeds. The study focused on a four-year-old child diagnosed with Glanzmann thrombasthenia who received the cured pork treatment for two life-threatening nosebleeds. The result:
Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly, effectively, and without sequelae. In both applications, the patient had complete cessation of nasal bleeding within 24 hours, and was discharged within 72 hours after treatment.
The authors of the study acknowledge there is a long tradition of using pork to treat nosebleeds. Just be sure to always check with your doctor before shoving raw bacon up your nose.

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