Dr. Rachna Pande

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

Is my son suffering from autism?

Dear Doctor, My two-year-old son is a little laid back. He doesn’t say much, just a few words here and there. He has never been playful like other children his age and it worries me. I’m told he could be suffering from autism. How can I know for sure and what can I do to help him?...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 11:00 PM

Why can’t I get pregnant?

Dear Doctor, My husband and I have been trying to have kids for over a year now but we’ve failed. My husband has one child from a previous relationship so I thought the issue was with me. I am 27 years old and I went for a check-up but nothing could be detected that is hindering the process...

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

Putting an end to teenage pregnancy

During a conference held in Kigali on International Women’s Day, one of the key speakers expressed concern about teen pregnancy. Many girls in developing countries are said to become mothers before the age of 18, due to multiple factors. In Rwanda, it is much less than other Sub Saharan...

Monday, March 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

How can I control my breast milk flow?

Dear Doctor, I’m a new mother and my baby is only a week old. However, I seem to have too much breast milk and I can’t control it.  The baby also has a problem taking it in and I have to stop her lest she chokes. Kindly advise. Is there a way to control it? Is it something I...

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

What are the risks of having a baby at 45?

Dear Doctor, I am 45 years old with three children, the youngest is 8. I recently found out that I was pregnant (about 12 weeks) even though I’ve been on the pill. This was so unexpected and I was honestly done having kids. What complications do I stand to face at my age? Tina ----- Dear...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

The importance of water to the human body

Water is an absolutely essential nutrient of the body. Survival is possible for months together without other nutrients, but not without water. But a lot of people are ignorant about the importance of water. They would consume sodas or fruit juices on feeling thirsty but avoid water. Sixt per cent...

Monday, February 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

What effective birth control method can I use?

Dear Doctor, I gave birth to my first child two months ago. I want to start birth control but I’m not sure of which method to use. What’s the best birth control method and what are the side effects? Pamela Dear Pamela, Menstrual cycle, pregnancy, delivery, all phases in the life...

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Destruction of nervous system by diabetes

The nervous system is a common target, and is likely to be damaged by diabetes. In spite of good diabetic control, it can occur. Only the intensity of symptoms would vary with the diabetic control, that is, if one has well controlled glucose symptoms, it may be less severe and with poor control,...

Monday, January 29, 2018, 12:00 AM

What causes urinary tract infections?

Dear Doctor, I’m in my 30s and fairly healthy. However, I keep getting urinary tract infections. My husband and I want to know what I can do to prevent them. Dina Dear Dina, For various reasons, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common in young women. First is the short length...

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:00 AM