Dr. Rachna Pande

Why do my gums hurt?

Dear Doctor, My gums hurt when I brush my teeth, however, I have never had issues with my teeth. What is the cause of this? Anita - Dear Anita, The most common cause for gums that hurt is a chronic inflammation of the gums, i.e. chronic gingivitis. It usually occurs as a result of chronic...

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 10:55 PM

Why does my child breathe heavily?

Dear Doctor, My toddler sounds like she has breathing problems even though she was checked and she does not have any issues? Why does she sound like she is always out of breath?  Arthur - Dear Arthur, A toddler always has a breathing rate faster than adults. Then during waking hours, they...

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 10:50 PM

Is my baby lactose intolerant?

Dear Doctor, I think my baby is lactose intolerant and he is only a week old. He has diarrhoea and my mother says it is because of the lactose in breast milk. I gave him formula and it was the same thing. Is there a special, lactose-free infant formula? What would you recommend? Sharon - Dear...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 11:03 PM

Watch your eyes

Eyes are a beautiful gift given by the Creator to man which enables us to see the beauty of the world.  If eye sight is damaged, there are various corrective procedures to rectify it, but the normal, natural eye sight is never restored. Good care of the eyes is therefore important to keep it...

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 7:51 PM

What causes pregnancy symptoms but negative test?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal to get pregnancy-like symptoms even when not?  For instance, for the past two weeks I’ve been feeling nauseous, dizzy and I can’t stand the smell of certain things that I didn’t have a problem with before. I took a pregnancy test and I’m not...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 11:46 PM

Eczema and your skin

Eczema is a chronic inflammation of the skin.   It occurs as a reaction to various substances, particularly used over the body. It manifests as flat dry patches, or red coloured rashes, or multiple small vesicular eruptions with oozing of serous fluid which is known as “weeping...

Monday, August 27, 2018, 12:57 AM

How can I deal with morning sickness?

Dear Doctor, I’m pregnant with my second child and get really bad morning sickness. Are there any home remedies I could try to feel better?  Natasha - Dear Natasha,   Pregnancy is a joyous occasion for many women all over the world. However, this pleasure is affected by...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 9:32 PM

Dealing with abdominal pain

The abdomen is a very essential part of the body. It lodges some of the most important organs of the body which carry on the processes of digestion and excretion, and influence metabolism of the body in various ways.   Abdominal pain serves as a signal to indicate that there is something...

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 9:09 PM

Alcohol and breastfeeding: What are the risks?

Dear Doctor, I am still breastfeeding a 6-month-old baby and I haven’t really been out since I gave birth. I was wondering, how soon can I have an alcoholic drink and when is it safe to breastfeed after I’ve taken some alcohol? Lucy - Dear Lucy, What you are experiencing is...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 9:48 PM

What are the risks of having a baby late?

Dear Doctor, I am 38 years old and hope to have children someday. However, being single makes me worry that I am running out of time. What are the dangers of having a baby at my age or even in my 40s?  Clarisse - Dear Clarisse, Many women plan for a family after completing their education...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 10:16 PM

I lose my voice when I get a cold

Dear doctor, I lose my voice every time I get a cold. And I do get colds very often. I usually take home remedies like lemon and ginger for the cold but it takes my voice a while to get back to normal. Why is this so? Maria - Dear Maria, Loss of voice occurs due to inflammation or damage to...

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 11:13 PM

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

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