Dr. Rachna Pande

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

Why is my baby’s hair thin?

Dear Doctor, My toddler has always had very thin hair and I wonder why this is so. It is also brown in colour. Is there something in her diet that can change this? Mary ----- Dear Mary, In most cases, the texture, thickness and colour of hair of an individual, particularly a toddler, is...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:50 PM

My teen still wets her bed

Dear Doctor, My daughter is 14 years old and she still wets the bed from time to time. Is there something wrong with her bladder? What can you recommend to stop this? Abby ----- Dear Abby, Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis in a 14-year-old child is indeed worrisome. But it can be due to...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:47 PM

What causes staining of nails?

Dear Doctor, My two big toe nails seem to be turning black in colour. I noticed this three weeks ago and didn’t think much of it. They keep getting darker, though there is no pain. What could this be? Simon ----- Dear Simon, You didn’t mention your age, also, did the...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:42 PM

Why do I sneeze a lot?

Dear Doctor, I sneeze so often that I’m beginning to think that I have a problem. Also, my ear and throat itch right after I sneeze. I’ve been like this for as long as I can remember. What could be the problem? Stewart ----- Dear Stewart, It seems that you are suffering from...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:36 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,...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 2:06 AM

How alcohol affects the nervous system

The nervous system is the structure that receives all kinds of sensations and executes the functioning of limbs and various body parts. This becomes possible through the extensive network of nerves with one another and the brain, a wide precise circuit that makes us aware of the various sensations...

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:45 PM

Why won’t my baby breastfeed?

Dear Doctor, My newborn baby has refused to breastfeed. She’s four days old. I’ve tried everything, and the milk is in plenty but she refuses. Is she sick? The nurse said it will happen in time but I’m worried. For now, she uses the bottle. How can I get her to feed? Alexia...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:20 PM

The adverse effects of drugs

Advancement in medical science has brought a lot of improvement in general health and longevity of people’s lives. Most of the diseases which were incurable before like tuberculosis and cancer, to mention a few, have treatment available. There is a wide range of medicines available in form...

Monday, April 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

Why does pregnancy make the feet swell?

Dear Doctor, I’m 30 years old and 6 months pregnant with my first child. However, my feet swell so badly and sometimes I can’t even fit into my shoes. How can I control this? What causes it? Berna ----- Dear Berna, Is the swelling more in the mornings or evenings? Does it come...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 11:48 PM

Health hazards of swimming

Swimming is a pleasurable sport which makes one feel cool, refreshed and energetic.  But there are certain health hazards associated with it. One can get sick due to swimming in lakes or swimming pools due to various kinds of microbes present in water.   Water is contaminated due to...

Monday, April 2, 2018, 12:01 AM