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Dr. Ellen Altenburg

Pediatrics
Melbourne, FL
32 years experience female

Locations

Osler Pediatrics Viera - Dr. Ellen Altenburg, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Melbourne, FL

Address

7000 Spyglass Court, Suite 120, Melbourne, FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(321) 504-0113

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Florida

Aetna

Cigna

UnitedHealthcare

Health First Health Plan, Inc

Amerigroup

Coventry Health Care

Golden Rule Insurance Company

Great-West Healthcare

About

Bio

I am board-certified certified in pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I have been practicing general pediatrics for the last twenty years. I participate in the annual St. Baldrick's Shaving Event to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Specialties
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Pediatrics

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455 Answers
24 Agrees
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Call MD: Maybe he didn't notice it or it wasn't 't there at the time . I'd call and discuss it with her pediatrician. Will most likely need to be seen by a ped... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Many ways: The various treatments for acne are too numerous to discuss in 400 characters. Here's some information: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Usually nothing: If it's a dimple at the top of the crease, and you can see the bottom of it, nothing. If it's surrounded by hair or a birthmark, bleeding/discharge or... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Yes: C diff is commonly caused by clindamycin use.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Possibly: Accutane can be associated with abdominal pain, but whether this is the cause of the pain is not something I could tell you over this forum.
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A female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See MD: You really need to be examined and have a thorough history done. You may need lab work and radiologic studies. I'd see your physician.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Flutter: It feels like fluttering or gas. Congratulations!
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Possibly: Yes, you could have some abnormalities in your hormones like polycystic ovary syndrome or adrenal hyperplasia. I'd make an appointment with your physi... Read More
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A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Both: You can check electrolytes in urine & serum (blood). Serum is the common one.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Depends: Many things can cause a chronic cough in an infant. If he's in daycare, it's pretty much a guarantee that he with have a cold every month. Other cause... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Not uncommon: 1 in 200 people have a cervical rib. 10% of people will get thoracic outlet syndrome. The rib can compress the nerves and blood vessels that go to the... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See MD: If the cough is due to asthma, you need to use your inhaler. You can cough from asthma, and not be audibly wheezing. I start up my chid's "asthma med... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Normal toddler slump: Toddlers will frequently have times when there appetites will diminish. As long as your child is healthy and growing, it is nothing to worry about. He... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Need exam: It could be just an infection of the hair follicle especially if you shave ( although those are usually painful ). Only way to know for sure is to be ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Depends on cause: The are numerous causes of chronic cough in children (reflux, asthma, allergies, infections, recurrent upper respiratory infections.) A pediatricia... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See MD: Sometimes you can have a normal arrhythmia that occurs when you are taking breaths in & out. The fact that you don't have symptoms s a good sign, ... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Possibly: Given your history, it certainly could be related to a kidney issue ( infection, kidney stone). I'd contact your physician.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Many treatment optio: Creams such as benzoyl peroxide are OTC, and treat acne. Your physician can prescribe other medications as well.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See MD: Sounds like you need to see your doctor. Yellow eyes can be a sign of liver disease, so can poor appetite, fatigue and pain.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
? nadi: I'm not sure what a "nadi" is. Blood type doesn't make a difference in conception. There can be issues during the pregnancy & after birth if the m... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Most likely: Too specialized a field to comment on. With pediatric oncology there are many research protocols that are followed. Best wishes for your child.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See MD !: You need to see a physician immediately if you are experiencing chest pain.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Several symptoms: Return of seizures, anxiety, depression, nervousness, irritability, sleepiness & dizziness. I would speak to his neurologist about his symptoms if... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See MD: There are many causes of abdominal pain. If it is the right upper area, gallbladder & pancreatic disease is common. If it is right lower quadrant ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See MD: Most likely an enlarged lymph node. You should b seen by your physician.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
? abcess: If you mean a skin "lump" somewhere on her abdomen, it could be a skin infection like an abscess. She should see her physician
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Follow MD advice: I'd follow the advice of your physician. He /she has seen the rash, we haven't.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: No, only if there is an active infection. Most people have had CMV and don't even know it. They just have a sore throat & fever.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Yes: Knee pain in dancers is very common due to the repetitive stress on the joint. If it's bothersome, I'd see your physician to see if a work up, medicat... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Health department: Depending on how positive the child PPD is, your local health department or infectious disease doctor will decide on appropriate treatment.Generally a... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Discuss with gyn: Need to discuss this with a gynecologist. He/she may have difficulty with the diagnosis without an examination.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Other studies: Here are some other studies that are sometimes done to investigate the cause tracheomalacia: airway fluoroscopy, barium swallow, pulmonary function te... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Not much: Doesn't hurt any more than a regular tetnus. You can be sore at the site of the injection and develop a mild fever
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Can be: It can be normal depending on whether he is breastfeeding or on certain formulas. Also depends on if he's ill and what the stool looks like. Call your... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See MD: It could be a sign of a neurologic problem. You need to see a physician
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
? cause: It really depends on the cause. Most kids just have big heads because their parents have big heads. If it is due to hydrocephalus, then you child's ph... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See endocrinologist: I'm assuming he already sees an endocrinologist and is on medications for the hypothyroid. He should be able to address all these issues. They are the... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Depends: If he puts it in a certain container that prevents further growth of bacteria, it would be accurate. If not, it's more likely to be falsely positive s... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Should be: Not a lawyer, but would think so unless there is a court order for the parent not to have access to their child's medical record.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Not true: Varicella ( chicken pox ) is in the herpesvirus family, but it is not herpes simplex virus type one. Two different viruses. You have to test for varic... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
? pneumonia: The term " a little cloudy" isn't really a medical term. I assume you had a chest x-ray. If so, she probably meant that the x-ray was suspicious for p... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Endocrinologist: If your growth plates haven't closed yet, there are some treatment options that you could discuss with an endocrinologist.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): If the child is having any facial swelling, difficulty breathing or hives, that's an emergency. You should call an ambulance and get him to a hospital... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See MD: It could be a hemangioma especially if it is red. He needs to see his physician for an exam. Sounds like he may have GE reflux or a formula intoleranc... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Variable: Really variable. Typically about 3 to 4 oz every 4 hrs, but I've had babies that age drink 8 oz every 3 hrs. Basically they take what they need. If th... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Usually psychiatric : It depends on the age. If it's an older child, you worry about depression, OCD or stress. i'd discuss it with the child's physician or psychologist.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Depends : 16 - 24 ounces is what I generally recommend. Also depends on what other sources of vitamin D and calcium they get a day
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Most likely: You should be showing physical signs by now, and you might also feel the baby move.Check a pregnancy test
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A member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Not enough informati: Without knowing his history & physical exam, it really is impossible to comment. Many things can cause a low leukocyte count. The most common bein... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See MD: Your symptoms certainly aren't normal, and can be caused by numerous etiologies. You need to see your physician
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Aug 9, 2014
I strongly recommend him for pediatric advice!
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Oct 3, 2014
All I really wanted was to have someone care enough to respond and she did. She shared knowledge and compassion! Thank you!
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Feb 12, 2015
She is very hard working and shes helped me with my confidence and because of all that i would like to get to know her
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Wouldn't you say that a family & personal history of autoimmune disorder is similar to "immune compromised"? Vaccines are known to set them off.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I appreciate your help. I didn't know if that was okay to lose that amount of weight in that amount of time especially with my busy schedule.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for such a quick and informative reply. Deeply appreciated!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, NY
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

Children's Hospital of Buffalo
Completed 1993

Awards

CME/CPD Award, American Academy of Pediatrics
Top Doctor, First Place, Orlando Region - Summer
2014
Top Pediatrician, First Place, Florida - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
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