Dr. Rachna Pande

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

Why have I failed to conceive?

Dear Doctor, I have been trying to conceive in vain, yet this is my second year in marriage. Is there anything to worry about as I have done all the tests, yet they all confirmed I was fine? Alice Dear Alice, You have not mentioned your age. Did you use any contraception before? There are...

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Muscular pain: How to control it

Every individual must have experienced sore limbs, stiff or painful to touch or on movements of limbs, sometime or the other. Muscular pains are a common problem, though the underlying causes may vary. Depending on the underlying cause, a person may have few episodes of pain, or it may last longer...

Sunday, April 21, 2019, 1:00 PM

What’s behind my constant headaches?

Dear Doctor, I have constantly had mild headaches for the past few months. I also experience strong sensitivity to light and sound, and this is at times accompanied by nausea and vomiting. What could be causing this? Diana Dear Diana, How old are you? How long does the headache last? Are there...

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

How to care for someone after a stroke

Stroke is a sudden neurological deficit in the body occurring due to   blood supply being cut off in part of the brain and causing damage to that part.  Blood supply is cut off due to either a clot blocking the cerebral artery or arteries (blood vessels of brain) or due to bleeding...

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 7:39 PM

Should I go for a pap smear test?

Dear Doctor, For so many times, I have come across articles urging women to go for pap smear tests, however I have been reluctant to go for one because from what I have heard the experience is a discomforting and painful one.  How relevant is this test anyway and could there be any other...

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

Nephrotic syndrome: Understanding causes and symptoms

Nephrotic syndrome is a disease where the kidneys are damaged and are unable to hold back proteins.  Proteins in variable quantity are passed in urine daily. Protein deficiency commences in the body due to this loss. It is a non specific disorder which can occur in children as well as adults...

Monday, April 8, 2019, 5:55 AM

When does breast feeding get easier?

Dear Doctor, I am nursing my two-weeks-old baby. However breast feeding is not as easy I thought it was. These first few weeks have been really tough, I have no appetite, I also have little supply of milk and I am still having trouble getting my baby on the latch. The entire process is painful and...

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Symptoms and causes of liver cancer

1 A 55- year-old woman developed a loss of appetite and started feeling nauseous. Her condition persisted in spite of the medication she received for over 4 to 6 weeks. When she went to hospital for consultation, she underwent a clinical examination, and to her shock, she had liver cancer. Liver...

Monday, April 1, 2019, 2:24 AM

How soon do menses resume after childbirth?

Dear Doctor, How soon can a woman expect her period after giving birth? My sister hasn’t had hers in eight months. And it shows no signs of coming, yet a friend got hers in less than two months. What is considered a normal period? Dear Molly, Pregnancy and child birth depend on the...

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Gender-based violence

International Women’s Day is marked every year on March 8. Today, women are no longer the frail, vulnerable gender of our species. They have proved themselves in every field. Yet cases of physical abuse of women still occur, in both poor as well as affluent families, the world over. Gender-...

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 10:33 PM

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