Dr. Rachna Pande

What causes chest pain?

Chest pain is mostly linked to heart problems and is frightening to the individual, whenever it occurs. It can be due to multiple causes, harmless in most cases. Muscular pains can occur in the chest due to excess work, trauma or exposure to cold weather. Young adults particularly men can develop...

Monday, June 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

How do I handle my toddler’s eczema?

Dear Doctor, My two-year-old daughter was born with eczema and for the last couple of weeks, it has been unbearable. I’ve visited doctors who gave us medicine but nothing seems to help with the itching. She has wounds on her body as a result from the scratching and it doesn’t look good...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Osteoporosis is preventable

Osteoporosis is the process of thinning of bones and commonly occurs with advancing age. It starts insidiously. One is not aware of it till he starts developing pain over limbs, back or suffers from fractures, without any apparent injury. As osteoporosis starts, the bone starts getting soft and...

Monday, June 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

How can I prevent breast cancer?

Dear Doctor, I am 22 years old and I have a history of breast cancer in my family. I lost two of my aunts to it. My question is, how often should I go for breast cancer check-ups and what should I look out for on my own? Pauline Dear Pauline, Having breast cancer in the family is a strong risk...

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Health hazards of tobacco

The World No Tobacco Day was market recently. But considering the harmful effects of tobacco, everyday should be a “no tobacco day”. As per the Global Health Observatory data(GHO), in 2015 over 1.1 billion people worldwide smoked tobacco, prevalence being more in men Though tobacco use...

Monday, June 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

What’s behind my delayed menstruation?

Dear Doctor, I am 25 years old and have never been pregnant. However, my period is late by about three weeks and this has never happened. I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. Can a test sometimes be wrong? Or is my body going through random changes? Sandra Dear Sandra, Amenorrhoea...

Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

How hypertension affects the nervous system

Hypertension or high blood pressure has grown in epidemic proportion around the world. It is affecting not only individuals from affluent western countries, but also those living in third world developing countries.  Urban life styles, obesity, lack of exercise, stress, use of alcohol and...

Monday, June 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

How can I control a heavy menstrual flow?

Dear Doctor, I am 20 years old and have always had a heavy menstrual flow. I don’t normally get cramps but my flow makes me uncomfortable and I’m afraid of leaving the house when I get a period. I use pads but I’ve tried so many and none is thick enough. I have to change my pad...

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why children should never take alcohol

It was shocking to see a young boy, merely 16 years having deranged liver function. On examination and with investigations, he was found to have liver cirrhosis. The underlying cause for liver cirrhosis being alcohol, which he had consumed since five of age. Later on, I came to know that young...

Monday, May 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

How do I deal with anaemia during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, I am pregnant with my first child but after my first antenatal visit last week, I was told that I am anaemic. I was given medicine and also advised to eat more vegetables. The problem is, even the sight of them makes me want to throw up. I tried eating some broccoli yesterday and I...

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Health hazards of sitting continuously

For centuries, the chair has been used for every single human activity like sitting, eating, reading, writing, working and even like a commode for passing stool. During waking hours, one spends majority of time sitting on a chair. The office workers tend to sit continuously 8-10 hours on a chair....

Monday, May 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

When does menstruation resume after child birth?

Dear Doctor, It’s been one year and four months since I gave birth to my first baby. However, my period has never returned. I’m still breastfeeding and my friends say that that is what is delaying it but I feel like it has been too long. Is this normal? What’s the normal time for...

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Lose weight naturally

Due to modern urban life styles and increasing affluence, obesity has become a major health problem in developed as well as developing countries Not only one looks ungainly due to being overweight but also carries risk of many chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases and...

Monday, May 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why won’t my stitches heal?

Dear Doctor, I gave birth a little over a month ago but the stitches still hurt terribly. I was advised by the nurses to only use water when washing myself but a cousin who has had three natural births tells me to add a little salt in the water. Would you recommend this? I’m told that...

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why nuts are a healthy delicacy

Nuts are useful food product, ranging from peanuts to walnuts and coconuts, among others. They are appetising and satisfying to eat and also enhance the flavour of many snacks and foods. For many years “diet conscious”, people were avoiding nuts for fear of increasing weight. But since...

Monday, May 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

ASK THE DOCTOR: Why can’t I feel my baby kick?

Dear Doctor, I’m soon ending my second trimester of pregnancy and so far everything has been going well. However, I haven’t yet felt my baby kick.  I am due for a scan soon but I’m worried. Is this normal? Kate Dear Kate, It seems you are pregnant for the first time. The...

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

What do you know about leptospirosis?

World over, different countries have witnessed outbreaks of swine flu, bird flu, and etcetera, which are diseases transmitted from birds/animals to human beings. People are usually ignorant about such illnesses. Cases do occur round the year not only in tropical countries but also developed Western...

Monday, May 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

What are the dangers of a C-section?

Dear Doctor, I’m 27 years old and pregnant with my first child.  I’ve heard so many ‘horror’ stories about natural child birth and now I’m thinking of opting for a C-section. I know it’s also not easy but after a friend of mine told me how she ripped while...

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why you need to watch out for brucellosis

With the advent of civilisation, man has learnt to domesticate animals and use them for various purposes. This has improved life in many ways, but, it has also brought diseases. These are the ones which are transmitted from animals to people. Brucellosis is also one of them. It has been recognised...

Monday, April 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why does my baby have difficulty breathing?

Dear Doctor, I recently gave birth to a baby girl. She will be two weeks old on Sunday. However, I’ve noticed her breathing is very heavy, mostly in her sleep. When she’s awake, she seems okay. I don’t know if she’s getting the flu or if she has asthma. I have never given...

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 12:00 AM