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Burn Injuries Santa Monica, CA

There are several types of burn injuries, and treatment requires examination of the skin to determine the severity of the burn. The percentage of the body that is affected by the burn and the depth of the burn are determining factors for treatment.

The American Burn Association has developed criteria to help a doctor decide when a burn victim needs to be treated at a burn center. If more than 10% of the body is affected, or if the burn is very deep or on the face, feet or in the groin area, the patient should be seen at a burn center.

Burns that do not require specialized treatment from a burn center but are more serious than can be handled adequately at home can be treated by an urgent care physician. Your doctor will want to know how the burn occurred and if you have other symptoms along with the burn. You will need to tell the doctor about any health conditions like diabetes, which could impact treatment and the healing process.

If you have used burn treatments at home before going to see your doctor, you will need to discuss those. Any changes in the appearance of the burn should be noted as well.

Burn Symptoms

Not every burn is the result of a fire. Burns can be caused by overexposure to the sun, chemicals, scalding or electricity. Some will be minor and can easily be treated at home. Others will require the medical expertise of a doctor.

A 1st-degree burn is minor and can cause pain and redness. It only affects the outer layer of the skin. The 2nd-degree burn damages the first and second layers of the skin. This burn can cause swelling, and the skin may look splotchy, white or red. Blisters often develop with 2nd-degree burns and they can be painful and cause scarring.

A 3rd-degree burn can cause nerve damage. This is a severe burn that reaches the layer of fat beneath the skin. It can cause the skin to look leathery and the burned areas may be black, brown or white.

If you sustain a burn that requires medical attention, contact Dr. Michael. He will examine the area and make recommendations regarding treatment and follow-up care.

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I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

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Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

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Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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