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Dr. Michael Amster

Pediatrics
Warrenton, VA

Locations

Warrenton Pediatrics

Warrenton, VA

Address

28 Blackwell Park Lane, Suite 103, Warrenton, VA
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Fax

5403491204

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About

Bio

As a community doctor, I engage in all manner of local medicine and prevention. I am a member of the Public School Health Advisory Board, multiple quality improvement committees at the hospital, and teach the Baby Care class. Being proactive in the health of my community means the most to me.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pediatrics

Doctor Q&A

658 Answers
13 Agrees
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Pretty accurate: Those pregnancy tests are very accurate. They detect elevated levels of hormone that indicate pregnancy. It is possible to have a positive test when i... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
ROP?: I assume you're referring to retinopathy of prematurity? The issue is there is overgrowth of blood vessels in the retina that then constrict, causing ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Call your doc: The flu vaccine in theory could cause this, but the time is a little off. Usually the fever starts the same day or later that night. The next day sugg... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Vague: Sorry, there is just way too many things that could be going on here. I'm assuming you've already consulted with your physician? If not, start there. ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Diaper reaction: Most likely it's a contact irritation from the gather of the diaper itself. Or something was pressed there for a long period of time. There's a lot of... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Need more info: I'm assuming based on your age being a grandfather, that he is a small child or infant. Formula feeding can be constipating, though breastfed infants ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
There isn't any: Microcephaly is usually a genetically related condition. If it's a familial condition (dad's head is a little small) then it might be normal, but you ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Apparently yes. At least i'm not getting paid for this. So ask away. But please keep the questions general. For specific health related issues, see yo... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Ortho eval: I'm sure there was something noteworthy when you fell on it, and it depends on how you fell on it, what you might've done to it. A thorough exam shoul... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Genetically set: Most likely there is little you can do to affect his final height at this point. He's already 16 1/2, and most growth plates are closing if not closed... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
For you or baby?: For a baby, there are many advantages. Decrease in risk of foreskin closure over the tip, decreased risk of penile cancer, decreased risk of std's in ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Talk to your doc: Intentionally gaining weight is not always a good thing. If genetically you are to be in this weight range, and you're eating well, then gaining weigh... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Talk to neuro: Eeg results are inscrutable. From the sounds of it, it doesn't sound very impressive, but truthfully, the neurologist will make better sense of this. ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
It's wax: They can't really say, "eat all you want", because there are chemicals involved, but for the most part it's wax and is totally safe. You brush your te... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Get it looked at: While it'd like to be reassuring, if a testicle is actually changing noticeably, then you want go get that looked at. Infection and torsion are too bi... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Safe environment: Play therapy looks like regular play between a therapist and a child, but through play allows a therapist to see how a child sees the world, interacts... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Long list: Sorry, but this forum is too broad for such a discussion. While toxic ingestion is possible, other metabolic, cardiac, neurologic, and possibly other ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Vapor and love: There isn't really any medicine that's authorized for that age. Usually best thing is getting the bathroom steamy and sitting in there for half an hou... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: If you're having pain with sex, i'd raise the point with your ob. Conveniently, you're seeing them nearly every week by this point. However, nothing y... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Probably fine: It's normal for masturbation to cause rapid heart rate, and the occasional skipped beat when it's going that fast. The sympathetic nervous system is a... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
It depends: My wife thinks it has to do with the baby's personality. Our first, who is high energy, seemed like she was on a caffeine drip. Our second, who is muc... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
You need help: Your orthopedist should be able to arrange for a home health nurse of some sort to help you. If you are going to suffer adverse consequences then a ho... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Genetic disorder: Duchenne's muscular dystrophy is an x linked genetic disorder causing abnormalities of the muscle fiber and eventual degeneration.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Check with doc: Cetirizine is good as an allergy medicine for control over a period of time. It's not meant as an acute treatment. If your child suddenly has cough, y... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not recommended: Research has shown that any solids given before 4 mo of age increase the risk of allergy and food reaction. For any solids, it's best to wait until af... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Is it possible? Sure. Some have an issue with alignment of the eyes, generally through asymmetry of the eye muscles or misalignment due to loss of vis... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Not even a little bit. No relation there.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Follow directions: Directions are there because the medicine works optimally when done that way. I don't know what medication you're child is on but changing the directi... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Question if an issue: Two spontaneous abortions suggests there may be an issue that has developed since the birth of the two children, perhaps an antibody issue or a cervic... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Over the counter vitamins are likely okay, though some herbs can be dangerous. Emergen-C is mostly Vitamin C and echinacea, which are largely harmless... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes, but not often: Scattered ear infections that are properly treated usually won't cause any long term issues. However, chronic fluid, ruptured membranes, or frequent e... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
It's genetic: Christmas disease is a blood clotting disorder, a second form of hemophilia, named after stephen christmas. Congenital means "from birth" so technical... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends on stooling: A lot of nursing home patients have a difficult time with stooling. Some medications, especially opiate pain medications, are constipating. For those ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Get it checked: I'm guessing it hasn't really been a few months, only seemed like that. After all they are only 10 mo old. See if it's been continuous or are there 1-... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Skin irritation: The underside of the penis can get a dermatitis, and become red and irritated. Have a look at it, and consider putting a little Hydrocortisone on it, ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
1-2 weeks after: Usually 1-2 weeks after your period ends. There's a brief "wait period" then the egg is released. 2-4 days later it implants in the uterus, stays 2 da... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
It can: Cabbage is one of the bigger no-no's, raw or cooked, as well as cruciferous veggies (broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus), onions, garlic, caffeine, ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends: A stable pregnancy can be on a plane usually until you're about 7 mo or so. If there are more issues, like diabetes, blood pressure, or risk of premat... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Probably not: There are always bizarre occurrences, but from what you're describing, odds are low. However, it does sound like there are some different sexual situa... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Viral rash: A lot of viruses, after they go, can cause a blotchy immune rash. Usually the kids are fine at that point, and fever free, and the rash will dissipate... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Heart murmurs are very common. In fact, 60% of all kids have one at this moment. I tell my patients they aren't "cool" unless they have one. That said... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
2 weeks after: If your cycle is a perfect month or so, then after the period ends there is a rest period, then an egg is released about 1-2 weeks after. It will take... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Get her tested: Sounds like a viral illness or a couple back to back. Most bronchitis in children is viral. Very rarely is it ever bacterial. Question is whether it i... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Inexact science: Transabdominal ultrasound is a rough approximation based on length and an "idea" on weight. It's plus or minus a few ounces, which can raise or lower ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends: An interesting question... Depends on what you want to do. There are charts stating after so many hours you're "legally drunk". Different people can t... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
One in am, one in pm: Generally when taking both these medications, the use is "off label" meaning there's no real protocol. They don't affect the function of each other, b... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
New illness: Viruses don't sit dormant and recur. If it's back, it's new. It could be a repeat of the same virus in a new illness, or a completely different one wi... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Get her checked: Doesn't sound like the epilepsy is the issue. Lymph nodes indicate an infection nearby, so if there are swollen lymph nodes there may be an ear infect... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Aside from the fact colitis can re-emerge causing trouble with inflammation, absorption and obstruction, those with colitis, especially ulcerative col... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Pulling up is a milestone around that time, but isn't specific to 8 mo. Crawling is a 9 to 12 mo skill, and cruising, or standing and walking around o... Read More

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Dr. Amster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dr. Amster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Amster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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My son is on the Feingold diet x1 yr. Its like he has been awake for 2 weeks. Its been nice, I just dont want it to go away. I love that he is testing my patience, telling me no instead of screamin...Read More
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Appreciate the response but felt answer was generic and not helpful. Of course I would try to give him enough to keep him peeing and hydrated. I needed a suggested amount. Ease view the other docs ans...Read More
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Thank you! I do pump here and there but I mostly breast feed her dIrectly but the other Issue Is she does not lIke any bottles and weve trIed all types of bottles and nIpples! Is It just a matter of t...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
MD

Awards

Highest inservice exam score all years of residency
Top Doctor, First Place, Arlington, VA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Arlington, VA - Winter
2013
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