Dr. Rachna Pande

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

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

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

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

How to achieve total relaxation

Stress by definition is emotional, physical or any other type of strain put on any individual. It has emerged as one of the major causes of many diseases and at times, even death in the modern world.  It gives rise to many other diseases like hypertension, heart attacks and peptic ulcers....

Monday, May 21, 2018, 2:42 AM

How effective is the morning after pill?

Dear Doctor, I am 24 years old and was recently introduced to the morning after pill. However, how often can it be used and what are the effects?  Is it the best option or should I go for something more long-term? Rita ----- Dear Rita, The morning after pill is for emergency contraception...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5:00 AM

Does my son have an ear infection?

Dear Doctor, My three-year-old son keeps scratching his ear and I’m beginning to think it might be some sort of infection. How can I know for sure, and can an ear infection lead to hearing loss? Beth ----- Dear  Beth, How long has your son been scratching his ears? Is it...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 10:58 PM

Health harzards which farmers are exposed to

May day is a day to remember the workers whose work forms the  basic framework of any community.  All are important and equally necessary for any society, but farmers should be considered indispensable. One can do without every other amenity, but not without food produced by farmers. It...

Monday, May 7, 2018, 12:00 AM

Do asthma preventers have long-term effects?

Dear Doctor, My 5-year-old daughter has asthma. What are the dangers or effects of using an asthma preventer long-term? I heard that using it for years might cause bone shrinkage. Is it true? Kate ----- Dear Kate, Asthma is a state of hyperresponsiveness of the airways of the lungs, which...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 10:08 PM

Why doesn’t my teenage daughter sweat?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal for my teenage daughter not to sweat at all? Even when she runs around, or on a very hot day, she doesn’t sweat. Why is this?  Faith ----- Dear Faith, Sweat is produced by sweat glands in the body and the main function is to regulate body temperature,...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9:45 PM

Diabetic autonomic neuropathy

Diabetes is a condition that involves the elevation of blood sugar levels above normal.  Long standing diabetes is known to cause damage to the target organs of the body. These are the eyes, kidneys, brain, peripheral blood vessels and nervous system. Complications appear early and are more...

Monday, April 30, 2018, 3:42 PM

My mother has difficulty walking

Dear Doctor, My 56-year-old mother has trouble walking, she complains about pain in her hip from time-to-time but she refuses to get a walker or cane, or see a doctor. I worry about her. What could be the issues and how can I get her medical assistance? Maria ----- Dear Maria, It is possible...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 10:49 PM

Oral ulcers: Causes, treatment and prevention

Many people suffer from formation of ulcers inside the mouth.  Mostly, there is mild inflammation or breach in the mucosa.  Instead of breach in the inner lining, there may be small sores or painful blisters. These oral lesions are painful. After eating, one has a sense of irritation or...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 10:02 PM

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