Dr. Rachna Pande

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

Be mindful of heart diseases

September 29 is commemorated as World Heart Day, a day to generate greater awareness among people regarding heart diseases. The heart is one of the most vital organs of the body and functions nonstop throughout life to keep the body parts well perfused with blood.  Blood carries oxygen to...

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 11:28 PM

Why can’t I get pregnant?

Dear Doctor, My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for years now. However, we have not been successful. We both got checked and it turns out we are fine. The doctor said it will happen and that this is normal. But so much time has passed already that I’m worried I will have the...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 7:34 PM

What you should know about antibiotics

Antibiotics are a group of drugs used for treating a wide variety of infections. As the name suggests, anti means against and bios signifies life.  These are drugs which act against the life of microbes. Thus, they are very useful and indispensable in treating different infectious conditions....

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 9:43 PM

My teeth hurt when I eat

Dear Doctor, Why do my teeth hurt when I eat ‘hard’ food, like tough meat, or cassava? I used to visit the dentist a lot as a child but I haven’t been there in while. I do not get any actual toothaches, though. I feel like my teeth aren’t strong enough. How can I change...

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 9:29 PM

Why does my body itch after I shower?

Dear Doctor, For the past two weeks I’ve resorted to using plain Vaseline because every time I take a bath, my body itches terribly. I used to think it was my lotion, which I’ve consistently used since I was in high school. But the itching didn’t stop. Is it water? What can I do...

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 9:25 PM

Is delayed puberty normal?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal that my 15-year-old daughter shows no signs of puberty? Her chest is flat and she hasn’t gotten her period yet.  Denise Dear Denise, Puberty is the time when the sex hormones begin to surge. It is marked by development of secondary sexual characteristics in...

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 9:22 PM

How long does colic last?

Dear Doctor, My friend’s 10-month-old son seems to still be suffering from colic. The pain only comes at night and it has been like this since he was born. Is this normal? How long should a baby suffer from colic? Anita - Dear Anita, Colic in babies has been a universal problem for...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 10:33 PM

I crave for the weirdest things

Dear Doctor, I am three months pregnant with my first child and I crave for the weirdest things, like the smell of soil after it rains makes me want to eat it.  Is this normal? Nadia - Dear Nadia, Congratulations on your first pregnancy and best wishes for it. It is perfectly normal for...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 10:15 PM

My son stammers. Should I be worried?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal that my four year old son can’t speak well yet most kids in his class do? He seems to have a stammer but I am not sure yet because he rarely talks. Is this a stammering issue? What causes it? Lydia - Dear Lydia, Stuttering is a speech disorder, where the...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 10:50 PM

How do I help my daughter control her weight?

Dear Doctor, My child is a bit too chubby for her age. She is only four but looks older because of her weight, obese actually, though people say it is just baby fat. She has a great appetite and I try to give her healthy food but I’m worried. How can I get the weight to go down? Maria...

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 11:00 PM

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