Dr. Rachna Pande

Beware of gallstones

Gall bladder is one of the vital parts of the body, located below the liver.  It produces bile that helps in metabolising fats in the body. Gallstones, also known as cholelithiasis, are concretions formed due to abnormal constituents of bile. They can form in the gall bladder or anywhere in...

Monday, January 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

When does ovulation take place?

Dear Doctor, How can I tell that I am ovulating? My friend says there are symptoms but I don’t think I have ever experienced any.  Lyn Dear Lyn, Ovulation is the process of release of an egg on a monthly basis and is part of the reproductive system of a woman.  If the egg meets...

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

How to get rid of mental tension

In multiple ways, modern amenities have made life very comfortable for people. But together with physical comforts, it has also brought the problem of mental tension.  Mental tension has emerged as one of the major killer diseases of the modern world.  It disturbs mental peace,...

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 11:07 PM

What do you know about kidney stones?

24-year-old John (not real name) developed severe pain on the left side of his back. The pain was excruciating, so his family had to rush him to the hospital. Examinations revealed that he had stones in the left kidney. Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and salts that form inside the...

Monday, December 24, 2018, 12:59 AM

What are ovarian cysts?

Dear Doctor, What does it mean if you have cysts on your ovaries? I’ve heard people talk about this but I’m ignorant about the subject. Is it dangerous? Mutesi Dear Mutesi, Ovaries are part of the reproductive system of a woman. They are two in number located on each side of the...

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

How can I cope with morning sickness?

Dear Doctor, I’m pregnant with my first child and it has only been a few weeks but I feel sick all the time. I thought it should just be morning sickness but I find myself sick throughout the day. I can’t stand the smell of many things, including food, and so I do not eat much as I...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 8:06 PM

Tonsillitis: Painful throat

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

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 10:07 PM

Can I breastfeed with cracked nipples?

Dear Doctor, My baby girl is three days old and I’m having trouble breastfeeding because my nipples are cracked. It is so painful. I used nipple cream as recommended by a friend but it didn’t work. Also, is it even okay to try to feed a baby with cracked nipples? What causes this and...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:01 PM

Importance of antioxidants

Oxygen is the basic element for all functions of the body. During various functions, oxygen interacts with body compounds to produce highly unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals are also generated by the cells of the body’s immune system while they inactivate various...

Friday, November 23, 2018, 6:12 PM

What are the effects of birth control?

Dear Doctor, I can’t seem to find a birth control method that doesn’t affect me. I used to use the arm implant and it me made me gain so much weight, I’m still fighting to lose it. I’m now on the pill and many days, it makes me feel nauseous and dizzy, like morning sickness...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 7:51 PM

Peripheral neuropathy: A distressful condition

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition of damage to peripheral nerves.  They are the ones that carry sensation from the outside to the brain. They are part of a very efficient fool proof circuit where even a wisp of hair touching the foot can be perceived by the individual in less than a...

Monday, November 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

How do I keep blood pressure level normal during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, I’m three months pregnant with my first child. I’ve heard of abnormal blood pressure levels during pregnancy and I would like to know more about that. What causes it? How can I ensure normal levels? Betty Accept my sincerest congratulations and best wishes on your first...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 8:17 PM

I get heartburn every night

Dear Doctor, Whenever I eat supper, I experience severe heartburn and shortness of breath at night. I have been advised to take milk to prevent the pain but I am on a weight loss diet. How else can I relieve the pain and discomfort? Uwera Dear Uwera, Severe heartburn can be due to many causes....

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 8:16 PM

Do you know about giddiness?

Individuals say “I am feeling giddy” for a wide variety of abnormal sensations, like spinning of the head, black out, falling down, and etcetera. This condition is distressful for the sufferer. It is also associated with risk of injury. Faintness or dizziness is usually described as a...

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:53 PM

How can I prevent UTIs?

Dear Doctor, I am 43 and prone to urinary tract infections. I have tried several tablets recommended by the gynecologist but nothing seems to work? What can I do to decrease/stop getting them? Gloria Dear Gloria, For how long have you been having urinary tract infections? How frequent and how...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 8:58 PM

How bad can ovarian cysts get?

Dear Ingabire, Ovaries are two almond shaped structures situated on the side of the uterus, one on each side, and their function is to release eggs on a monthly basis (ovulation) which determine the fertility of a woman. Cysts are fluid filled growths present inside or over the surface of...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 10:14 PM

Obesity in children, a growing problem

Obesity  is a very clearly identified health hazard. Childhood obesity is an emerging concern today, world over. It is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health or well-being.  The diagnosis of obesity is assessed in children by weight for height and body...

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 10:12 PM

What can I do about my PMS?

Dear Doctor, I am 33 and have terrible mood swings and feel really depressed for a week before my period, my mood completely changes during this period. Is there anything I can do about PMS? Emily Dear Emily,   PMS or premenstrual syndrome is the term used for symptoms that a woman...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 10:39 PM

How to avoid a dry skin

Dryness  of the skin is a big problem in those who suffer from it. The skin feels flaky and even itchy due to dryness. In extreme cases, it causes cracking of lips, hands and feet, particularly heels.  One feels tempted to scratch it but scratching a dry skin carries risk of introducing...

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 7:24 PM

Why are my breasts lumpy?

Dear Doctor, My breasts sometimes get lumpy and itchy a few days before my periods. The lumps have become persistent but I’m told that they could mean different things and that I should not be worried of cancer.  What should I do whenever I find lumps and how can I tell if I have a...

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 12:05 AM