Dr. Rachna Pande

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

Do you know about pedal edema?

Sometimes individuals develop swelling over feet, known as pedal edema.  It becomes worrisome and generates anxiety. It can be due to multiple causes. Timely detection and treatment of underlying cause cures it. Normally, plasma volume inside the body is kept constant by various forces. Any...

Monday, May 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

I am scared of child birth

Dear Doctor, I am pregnant with my first child and almost due. The pregnancy has been pretty smooth but I can’t shake off the fear of child birth. I have been so worried lately that my appetite went down and I lost some weight. Any tips on how I can prepare myself mentally for what is to...

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

How effective is breast self-examination?

Dear Doctor, How often should I go for a breast cancer check-up? I feel like self-checking is not as effective. Maria Dear Maria, Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and second highest among prevalence of all cancers globally. If detected late, it may have spread to other parts of...

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Women and asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways of lungs (tubes that bring air in and out of lungs).  It is manifested by repeated episodes of cough, wheezing, breathlessness, and feeling of tightness in chest. World Asthma Day (first Tuesday of May), is a day created for generating...

Monday, May 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why won’t my new-born sleep?

Dear Doctor, My new-born doesn’t seem to sleep at all during the night or day. The slightest noise and she is awake. We are now in our second week and I could really use some sleep. She doesn’t cry much, just doesn’t sleep the way new-borns are supposed to. What’s happening...

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Health hazards of standing for lengthy time

Standing is a natural posture for an individual. Standing makes one feel energetic and active and aids one in moving. Many persons the world over have to stand for long hours, continuously, for their work. These include traffic police men, teachers, surgeons, labourers and etcetera. ...

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 7:44 PM

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