Dr. Rachna Pande

Is severe cramping normal after miscarriage?

Dear Doctor, My sister suffered a miscarriage and has been in and out of pain ever since. There are painkillers she was given after she was discharged, and advised to go on bed rest, but it is now almost two weeks and the pain still keeps her up at night sometimes. Is this expected? Stella Dear...

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Hepatitis B vs. hepatitis C

Hepatitis B and C are viral infections of the liver.   Both can inflict chronic damage to the liver, resulting in chronic sickness, liver failure, and death. Lack of awareness among people makes them inadvertently acquire or transmit the infection. The hepatitis virus gains entry in the...

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 10:56 PM

What should I know about pumped breast milk?

Dear Doctor, I have to go back to work in two weeks, I have been on maternity leave for over three months now. However, I have never had to pump breast milk and because I might not be able to make it back home every lunch hour to feed, I am learning how to. Are there any effects on drinking pumped...

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

Hypertension during pregnancy

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a chronic disease, increasing in prevalence globally due to multiple reasons. If present during pregnancy, it poses a grave threat to the health of both the baby and mother. About 60 per cent of women may develop high blood pressure only during pregnancy,...

Monday, March 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

What are the risks of natural birth after C section?

Dear Doctor, I had my first child by C-section a year ago because of prolonged labour.  I plan to have another baby. But I would like to have a natural birth this time around. How long do I have to wait to be able to have a natural birth if there are no complications? Tina Dear Tina, A...

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Dementia: How to prevent it

Dementia is a term used to indicate any decline in cognitive function and memory that interferes with the daily activities of a person. With advancing age, a person can develop dementia due to multiple causes. Due to lack of awareness of these reasons, dementia is wrongly attributed to ageing and a...

Monday, March 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

How long does morning sickness last?

Dear Doctor, I am pregnant with my first child and in my second trimester. I’ve consistently had morning sickness to this day. I can’t seem to keep anything down because most food smells make me nauseous. I’m afraid my baby will be underweight because of my poor eating habits....

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Chlamydia infection

Chlamydia trachomatis are microorganisms which are leading cause for sexually transmitted diseases in all parts of the world, including developed countries like the US. The route of transmission of infection is via sexual intercourse.  It can affect persons of any age or gender but it...

Monday, February 25, 2019, 3:27 AM

Does the “morning after” pill affect menstrual cycle?

Dear Doctor, I swallowed a morning after pill a month ago. I got my period last week but for some reason, it won’t stop. It’s not heavy though. Is this normal? When will it stop? Irene. Dear Irene, How many days have you had menstrual bleeding since you took the “morning after...

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Teenagers and sex

A teenage is between an adolescent and adult, where the body is physically maturing but the mind still remains immature and inexperienced in worldly matters. This is also the age when one can develop skills and carve out a good future. Due to surge of hormones at this stage, there is a very strong...

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 10:40 PM

What do you know about insulin therapy?

Diabetes, once considered as a disease of the affluent west, has now emerged as a major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries as well.  Rapid urbanisation, lack of physical exercise, obesity, high calories diet, mental tension and worries or hereditary factors, are...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 11:24 PM

Is my daughter’s cycle normal?

Dear Doctor, My teen daughter gets her period once every two months or so. And when it comes, it so heavy, lasts about eight days with severe cramps.  I’ve never heard anyone in my family talk about irregular menstruation. Is this normal? Is there medical assistance I can get her?...

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Tonsillitis; painful throat

Tonsils are located in the throat, part of the pharynx in the throat and nose, where they serve as first line barrier against infectious and harmful agents entering the body. They are part of the immune system of the body, i.e. system which helps fight against diseases in the body. ...

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 8:10 PM

Do I have a UTI infection?

Dear Doctor, Of late I’ve had pain in my abdomen and the need to pee often. The urine is usually never really there and there’s a sensation that comes with it. Is this some sort of infection?  I’ve heard of UTIs. Is this the case?  What causes them? Monica  ...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 9:06 PM

Children and alcohol

Some adults who love taking alcohol during celebrations give a small amount to the children around.  Many of the households where elders drink alcohol have some stored in the house as well. Little do they realise that it is then easily accessible to children as well, who are attracted to it as...

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 8:45 PM

Why is my mother losing her memory?

Dear Doctor, My mum is becoming overly forgetful of late. She seems to forget even things you are sure she won’t. She is 72 years old and her memory has always been okay as she most of time reminds me and my siblings of things. We are worried about her. What should we do? Noella Dear Noella...

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Loss of appetite; causes and treatment

It is because of our appetite that we eat food, feel satiated and energetic to carry on our daily work.   But when a person loses appetite and interest to eat anything, it becomes worrisome as he/she begins to feel weak. Loss of appetite or anorexia is a distressing condition for any...

Monday, January 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

When will my baby’s umbilical stump heal?

Dear Doctor, My son is now two weeks old and the umbilical cord fell off when he was about eight days old. However, it looks like the wound has refused to heal. I have tried to keep it dry at all times but it is still a wound. What can I do? Sandy Dear Sandy, Accept my heartiest congratulations...

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

The use of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin. It is very useful for overall health of the body.  It was discovered in 1922. But its components and multiple advantages were discovered much later on. It is found abundantly in natural products, i.e. fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Free oxygen...

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:33 PM

How effective is the IUD?

Dear Doctor, My husband and I have been thinking about birth control after the birth of our second child. However, after the nauseating side effects I suffered the last time I used birth control pills, we are considering other options. I am particularly interested in IUD. I’ve heard it is...

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 12:00 AM