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Lyme disease, high blood pressure

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August 10th, 2016

Q. Your Lyme disease article in the June 2016 edition didn’t mention a tick removal system called Rid-a-Tick, which uses tape instead of tweezers. Is this a better way to remove ticks?

A. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) acknowledges that there are several tick removal devices on the market, but they do not condone or condemn them. While it may work just fine for some people, the one you speak about does not have any solid research evidence to prove it is better than a pair of fine-tipped tweezers, which is the method recommended by the CDC. It is also not FDA-approved as a tick-removal medical device, although it does use an FDA-approved medical tape. Whichever method someone chooses to remove ticks, they should make sure no tick parts are left in their skin, and if so, seek medical treatment. 


Q. I have high blood pressure and get headaches quite often. My blood pressure readings seem normal, but does this mean my medication isn’t working properly?

A. If your blood pressure is at its usual level, talk to your doctor to determine the cause of the headaches. They could be tension headaches, migraines, or a side effect of another medicine you are taking. Some people get headaches when they need a new prescription for eyewear. That said, high blood pressure isn’t called a silent killer for nothing. The disease tends to produce no symptoms until it is dangerously high. Those headaches tend to be quite severe, so if you ever experience a severe headache, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.