Inflammation Specialist

Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine

Rubina Azam, MD, FAAP, ABIHM

Integrative Holistic Medicine located in Panama City, FL

Inflammation is meant to support your body’s health and healing. However, if you’re experiencing chronic inflammation, your body’s inflammatory response may be harming your health. Board-certified integrative and holistic physician Rubina Azam, MD, and her team at the Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine take a proactive approach to health and offer therapies focused on reducing chronic inflammation and the associated health conditions. For a consultation, call the Panama City, Florida, office or click the online booking button today.

Inflammation Q & A

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is an immune system reaction aimed at protecting and healing your body. However, that’s not always the case. There are two primary types of inflammation:

Acute inflammation

Acute inflammation refers to redness, swelling, pain, and/or fever your develop after an injury or infection. These symptoms are triggered by the various cells and substances your immune system sends to heal the injury or eradicate the infection. Once healed, your inflammation resolves, usually within a few days or a few weeks.

Chronic inflammation

Chronic inflammation refers to inflammation that lasts months or years. This type of inflammation may not cause obvious symptoms like acute inflammation, but may be responsible for the onset of many chronic health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases.

Dr. Azam is an integrative and functional medicine specialist who understands the effect chronic inflammation has on the body and your health and offers therapies to reduce inflammation and improve overall health and wellness.

What causes inflammation?

Inflammation may develop from many possible causes. Some of these may include:

  • Unresolved infection
  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Chronic episodes of acute inflammation (arthritis)

Your lifestyle may also be causing your inflammation. A diet high in added sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods may lead to health issues such as insulin resistance and obesity that trigger an inflammatory response. Alcohol is also an inflammatory agent that may lead to chronic inflammation if consumption is excessive.

How is inflammation treated?

Dr. Azam takes a holistic approach to the management of your inflammation. Before she develops your treatment plan she conducts a comprehensive evaluation to better understand your health, which includes a detailed medical and medication history, your diet and lifestyle, and your symptoms. Dr. Azam then orders advanced laboratory testing based on the information you’ve provided, which gives her the diagnostic data that explains the cause of your inflammation.

Once she has your lab results, she reviews them and creates your personalized treatment plan targeting the cause of your inflammation, which may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Exercise program

She continues to monitor your health at regular intervals to help you stay on track and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

Chronic inflammation can have long-term health consequences. To learn more about inflammation and the steps you can take to reduce it and improve your health, call the Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine or click the online booking button today.