Dr. Rachna Pande

Alcohol and involuntary movements

Alcohol is a drink taken by people for recreation, to relieve stress and celebrate — various reasons for centuries. But with advances in medical science in the past century, many adverse effects of alcohol have also come to be known. It is harmful to the entire body. The risks are more with...

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 11:10 PM

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Dear Doctor, I feel sensitivity every time I take a cold drink. I’ve never had issues with my teeth but a cold drink really irritates my teeth. Do I need a check up? What could be the issue? Allan Dear Allan, - When health, sensitivity does not occur with the teeth or gums. However, when...

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 11:00 PM

Why do I get pimples when I shave?

Dear Doctor, When I shave my beard I get nasty pimples. They really hurt and take time to heal. Why is this so and what can be done to avoid it? Lucas - Dear Lucas, Nasty pimples after shaving cause discomfort and look bad. But it is not an uncommon problem. Shaving can cause irritation of the...

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 10:40 PM

How long should a mother breastfeed?

Dear Doctor, My sister still breastfeeds her three year old daughter. I feel like this is too long. When is the right time to stop breastfeeding? Anita Dear Anita, Breastfeeding has many advantages for the baby as well as the mother. Breast milk provides necessary nutrients like calcium,...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 10:17 PM

Monitor your own health

Health is wealth’ is an age-old adage which holds true even today. Barring exceptions, only a physically and mentally fit person can work hard to fulfil responsibilities and achieve success. The busy urban life style leaves little time for people to have a regular healthy lifestyle which...

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 10:58 PM

Why does my baby only cry at night?

Dear Doctor, My one-year-old daughter cries a lot at night, yet she is always jolly during the day. At first I thought she had some sickness but when I took her for a check-up I was told she was fine. What could be the problem and how do I go about it? Mbabazi - Dear Mbabazi,   It is...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 9:16 PM

How diabetes affects musculoskeletal system

Diabetes is a chronic disease causing multi organ damage in the body. People commonly know about the eye, heart and kidney problems caused by diabetes but are unaware of the musculoskeletal problems. The musculoskeletal complications of diabetes   occur due to multiple reasons. Damage to...

Monday, July 23, 2018, 12:13 AM

What do you know about sciatica?

Sciatica is the compression of the sciatic nerve or its roots in any part of its course from the lower back to the buttocks to outer side of the legs and feet. It causes pain and or paresthesia, that is, abnormal sensations occurring in the legs or feet. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in...

Monday, July 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

How can I stop bladder leakage?

Dear Doctor,   I lost bladder control when I was pregnant with my first child, and even the slightest sneeze would make me leak. However, it’s been seven months since I had the baby and somehow, this hasn’t changed. I have to rush to the bathroom and sometimes I leak almost...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 9:05 PM

Alcohol and the reproductive system

Alcohol is one of the most common abusive substances known and used worldwide for all occasions, and for relaxation as well. It is harmful to health and damages   various body parts like the liver, heart and nervous system. Alcohol also damages sexual reproductive health.  The...

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 10:36 PM

Women and smoking

"Cigarette smoking is harmful to health,” this warning is put on cigarette packets and all advertisements of cigarettes, due to multiple health problems caused by it. In spite of messages of this kind, about a billion people the world over smoke. Smoking was originally considered as a...

Monday, July 2, 2018, 1:23 AM

What are the risks of using a tampon?

Dear Doctor, I’m 15 years old and started my period just three months back and my flow is normal. I would like to start using tampons as pads irritate my skin and sometimes leave me sore. Are tampons safe?  I worry that maybe it can get stuck. How often should I change?  Anita...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 9:36 PM

How do I treat diaper rash?

Dear Doctor, All the diapers I use for my new-born seem to give her a rash. I’ve used almost every brand worth trying but they all leave her with a rash. Is there something I can use to help? Lynette ----- Dear Lynette, Diaper rash is a common troublesome problem in babies. It occurs...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 7:15 PM

Keep the elderly healthy

Father’s Day is approaching. A day to remind us that the good lives we have today are the result of the hard work and sacrifice of our parents.  It is the guidance by a father, based on his experience that teaches one to face the outside world. After growing up, children have a...

Sunday, June 17, 2018, 10:46 PM

Should my menstrual period last a week?

Dear Doctor, My does my menstruation last almost a week yet I read that the normal period is 3 to 4 days? Am I normal? Is there something wrong with my system? Shanitah ----- Dear Shanitah, You have not specified whether this is a recent change or it has been like this since you got your...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 8:56 PM

Am I suffering from ulcers?

I have been experiencing excruciating stomach pain whenever I eat, especially foods that contain carbohydrates, and I was told that I could be developing ulcers. What are the common signs and symptoms of ulcers? How long does it take for a stomach ulcer to heal on its own? Claude ----- Dear...

Monday, June 4, 2018, 5:00 AM

Food poisoning: Avoidable sickness

The term food poisoning signifies an illness which develops after ingestion of contaminated food or drinks harbouring microbes causing sickness. This could be the   result of stale or rotten food substance being consumed.  Consumption of unclean salads or raw fruits and vegetables,...

Monday, June 4, 2018, 5:00 AM

What are the dangers of using the sauna?

Dear Doctor, I have been frequently going to the sauna but my friends have warned that it causes impotence. Is this true or is it just a myth? Are there any disadvantages of using sauna frequently? Aaron ----- Dear Aaron, Since time immemorial, the sauna has used for refreshing and...

Monday, June 4, 2018, 5:00 AM

How soon can I start exercise after a C-section?

Dear Doctor, When is the right time to exercise after a C-section? My baby is about a month old and I would like to start the process of getting back into shape. Is it too soon? Claire ----- Dear Claire, Caesarean section involves major surgery, where the abdomen is cut and baby is removed....

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 5:00 AM

How spices are useful

A spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark, berry, bud or other vegetable substance primarily used for flavouring, colouring or preserving food. Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are parts of leafy green plants used for flavouring or as a garnish till about 20 years ago when spicy food that is...

Monday, May 28, 2018, 4:22 AM