Dr. Rachna Pande

Can I still have a period if I’m pregnant?

Dear Doctor, After all the classic symptoms of pregnancy, I took a test and it came out positive. I’m 24 years old and this is my first. I’m not sure how far along I am though. However, for about three days now, I’ve had what I assume is a period. Is that possible? Can I still...

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

Beware of mini stroke

A 60-year-old lady was watching T.V. when she suddenly her left side of body became paralysed. The family was shocked and immediately rushed her to the doctor. But within few hours, she recovered spontaneously in the doctor’s clinic, while under surveillance. The doctor explained that she has...

Monday, January 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

How can I boost my toddler’s appetite?

Dear Doctor, For weeks now, my toddler’s appetite has been strange. I’ve tried to make her all sorts of things but she refuses to eat and just wants milk. I’ve been advised to give her toractin syrup but I do not know much about it. Is it safe for babies? Are there natural...

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 12:00 AM

What do I need to know about still births?

Dear Doctor, I’m pregnant with my first child but I’m worried because of all the things that could go wrong. I’m in my third trimester and so far so good. I’ve heard about still births and I would like to know what causes that and what I should avoid. Is exercise good at...

Thursday, January 4, 2018, 12:00 AM

Teenagers and alcoholism

Many people indulge in booze around the Festive Season. Major concern is the use of alcohol by teenagers. A teenager is a growing adult. Physically they are growing, but lack the mental maturity and worldly experience of an adult. They are easily lured into adult vices without knowing the risks of...

Monday, January 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

What do I need to know about still births?

Dear Doctor, I’m pregnant with my first child but I’m worried because of all the things that could go wrong. I’m in my third trimester and so far so good. I’ve heard about still births and I would like to know what causes that and what I should avoid. Is exercise good at...

Thursday, December 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Malnutrition

Malnutrition is the condition where there is excess or deficiency of some nutrients in the diet. A number of health related problems can arise depending on whether there is under or over nutrition and its severity. Malnutrition deprives individuals of the necessary vitality and energy needed on a...

Monday, December 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Be aware of low blood sugar

As high blood sugar levels are harmful for the body, so is low blood sugar. Hence one needs to be aware of it. Normal blood sugar levels are 60 to 100 mg / 100 ml. in a fasting condition and 100 to 160mg / 100 ml, 90 to 120 minutes after a full meal. Any level of blood sugar, below 60 mg / 100 ml...

Monday, December 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

How do I know I’m ovulating?

Dear Doctor, I’m confused about ovulation and safe days. My period is regular but I’ve failed to understand the cycle and when the biggest chances of getting pregnant are. Is it before or after my period? And how do I know that I am ovulating? Sometimes I feel mild pain in my abdomen a...

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

Acute pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is the sudden inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreas is part of the body situated in the abdomen, adjacent to the liver and gall bladder. It helps in converting food into fuel for utilisation by the body and also aids in regulating the blood glucose by secreting insulin. The...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Can signs of cervical cancer resurface after treatment?

Dear Doctor I am in my late 30s but I am afraid of getting cervical cancer. A few years ago I went for a pap smear test and the doctor discovered I had signs that could lead to cervical cancer. The doctor told me I was lucky it had not developed into cancer and I was given treatment. Are there...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

HIV and stigma

He was a professor from a neighbouring country, intelligent, suave and well read. He knew about HIV/AIDS very well and unfortunately turned positive on being tested. He refused to go to the HIV clinic and insisted that he should be tested and treated in one separate room of the office portion....

Monday, December 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why do I become so moody during my periods?

Dear Doctor I tend to be so moody, agitated and at times depressed, but I have noticed that this happens in the middle of my menstruation cycle. Could the mood swings have something to do with ovulation? What can one do to cope with this? Dear Lillian, You have not specified your age and whether...

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

What natural remedies can I use for my child’s cold?

Dear Doctor,   My two-year-old recently got a cold and cough. The cough seems heavy and her nose is blocked. I got her medication but I was wondering if you could recommend some home remedies that could help relieve this cold and possibly cure it. Ruth Dear Ruth, Commoncolds occur mostly...

Thursday, November 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Will my daughter’s irregular period stabilise?

Dear Doctor, My 12-year-old daughter got her first period almost three months ago.  It lasted a week.  However, it hasn’t occurred again. Is this normal? When does it become regular? Teta Dear Teta, The beginning of menstruation (menarche) is one of the signs of attaining...

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Am I suffering from post-partum depression?

Dear Doctor, I’m a new mother, my baby just turned three months but I’m always tired. What’s funny is that I do get some rest as she is not a fussy baby. I get up only twice in the night to feed her. But I seem to always feel tired or worn out. I have a girl who helps me out but...

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Women and contraception

The decision of a couple to decide the number of children they have is influenced by many cultural, social and religious factors. Keeping a family size small involves use of birth control techniques to prevent unwanted pregnancies. A small family has many advantages. It has a positive influence on...

Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

How can I deal with insomnia?

Dear Doctor, I am 31 years old and for a long time now, I have suffered with insomnia. ​I have a terrible sleeping pattern and can’t seem to sleep at night, yet when I go to work the next day, I feel exhausted and in dire need of sleep. When I go home, the sleep somehow disappears. I...

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

My baby’s appetite is insatiable

Dear Doctor, My daughter is two years old and she has always had a healthy appetite. However, I sometimes worry that she over-eats, if there is such a thing. Nothing seems to fill her. She has three meals a day and some fruit or yoghurt in between meals. Even when she’s just had a meal, she...

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Breast cancer in men

Whenever one talks about breast cancer, it is presumed to be a woman affected. But it also affects men is a lesser known fact among lay people. In U.K. about 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer as against 50,000 women. This shows that though rare but it does exist. Problem is men are not...

Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

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