Dr. Rachna Pande

How do I protect myself from STIs?

Dear Doctor, I have gotten STIs a couple of times and I wonder why. What is the issue? I try to be careful but I think there is more to it. Is it using public toilets? Is there something I may be doing that makes me vulnerable to these infections? Please advise.  Kami Dear Kami,...

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

The dangers of smoking when pregnant

Dear Doctor, I am a smoker and have never really thought about quitting. I just found out I am pregnant and I would like advise on how to stop. What can you recommend as this is not going to be an easy journey for me?  Doreen Dear Doreen, Smoking is an unhealthy habit that affects...

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Migraine, a debilitating pain

Marie (fictitious name) a young college student was unable to study for her exams. Every three or four days she suffered from severe debilitating headache on the left side. One of her teachers insisted that she should consult a physician. This teacher was suffering from attacks of migraine and...

Monday, October 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

What causes ovarian cysts?

Dear Doctor, I recently learnt of ovarian cysts and how they rupture. What is the main cause of ovarian cyst?  What are the symptoms of a burst ovarian cyst and how is it fixed? Can this be avoided? Miriam Dear Miriam, Ovarian cysts are fluid filled sacs present over the surface or...

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

How do I tighten stomach after childbirth?

Dear Doctor, I had my first child three months ago and it was a natural birth. I have since tried to get back into shape and nothing seems to help the sagging tummy. I try to exercise on a regular basis and watch what I eat, but there are no results. What am I not doing right? Is there anything...

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

What causes prolonged menstrual bleeding?

Dear Doctor, My period usually lasts longer than a week, however, this month, it has gone beyond that. I have had it for over two weeks now and the bleeding is heavier than usual. This is accompanied by dizziness and nausea. Is this something I should worry about? Lyna Dear Lyna, What...

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why is my body itchy?

Dear Doctor, For the last five days, when it is really warm, my skin itches a lot. Is it something I should be concerned about? Salma Dear Salma Is the itching present all over your body or it is localised to moist parts like hands, underarms, thighs, etc.?  Is there associated...

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

How can I deal with breastfeeding pain?

Dear Doctor, It has been two months of breastfeeding so far but my nipples still hurt. I thought it would’ve gone down by now. This is really making me hate the experience yet it is supposed to be a beautiful bonding time with my baby. Will it stop, and when? What can I do to make it...

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

How can a pregnant woman get rid of anaemia?

Dear Doctor, I am in still in the first trimester of my first pregnancy and I recently found out that I am anaemic. I was advised to eat more vegetables to fix this. As a doctor, what do you recommend? Jennifer Dear Jennifer, IRON and vitamin B12 (component of vitamin B. complex)...

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why are my menses so irregular?

Dear Doctor, I have irregular menses. My periods come every two weeks and the flow is heavy and lasts for over a week. I have never gone for check-up but I am starting to worry if this could be a medical condition that needs urgent attention. Kate Dear Kate, What is your age? For how long have...

Thursday, August 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

What should I know about breast cancer?

Dear Doctor, I have breast cancer, recently diagnosed. I am trying to find out as much as possible so I can make informed choices about my treatment. I am overwhelmed by the information available on the internet. Can you recommend any reliable source of information?  Barbara Dear Barbara...

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

How can I treat the common cold at home?

Dear Doctor, I caught a cold from my toddler and whereas she seems to be getting better, mine has many issues, including the fact that I’m losing my voice. It is now hoarse and I’m wondering if there is anything that can get it back to normal. What home remedies can you recommend for...

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

What is the cause of pregnancy incontinence?

Dear Doctor, I am entering my third trimester and this is my first child. I am having serious issues with bladder control and even sneezing makes me leak even if I just used the bathroom. I am now not eager to go anywhere because of this problem. What can I do to avoid this? Kate Dear Kate,...

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

Ask the Doctor: My C-section scar swells and itches

Dear Doctor, It’s been two years since I gave birth. My C-section scar recently started swelling and itching. I was advised by relative to look for creams from pharmacies as they will help. However, I do not want to find myself in deeper problems. Should I be worried? Will the swelling and...

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Painkiller abuse: What are the risks?

Dear Doctor, My older sister has become a pill popping maniac. She takes meds for even menstrual cramps and I worry greatly as I feel it is not wise. What are the dangers of regular medicine use? And how can she overcome simple pain (like mild headaches) without always turning to painkillers?...

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Should I be worried about jaundice?

Dear Doctor, My new-born has a mild case of jaundice. However, I’m told it can get worse. How bad can it get and how do I avoid it? Pat Dear Pat, A new-born baby can have jaundice due to the liver of the child not being mature enough to metabolise by product of bile metabolism. ...

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

Does birth control affect fertility?

I’ve heard people talk about birth control and the many effects. I am interested in knowing if the pill, or any other method, can affect fertility in the long run. In the event that a woman decides she is ready to have a baby, can the use of birth control in previous times make it a problem...

Thursday, June 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

How chemicals are affecting human health

As technology has rapidly progressed in the past 60 to 70 years, chemicals are being extensively used in industries, agriculture and even homes. They have been beneficial in multiple ways, but now, more and more health hazards are also being linked to these chemicals by scientific studies. The...

Monday, June 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

Home birth: Is it safe?

Dear Doctor, I have watched videos of women having home births and I am confused. How safe is this? Can a woman actually arrange for this? What are the risks that women should be aware of before trying this out? Margaret Dear Margaret, Home birth is where a woman gives birth at home, at the end...

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

Advantages of fat for the body

These days there is greater awareness about health hazards of obesity, as compared to a decade or so before. As a result, many people have resorted to measures to, “eat healthy” and exercise. But many in their zeal forget that every food substance has some benefits for the body and...

Monday, May 27, 2019, 12:00 AM