White Spots on Nails: Causes and Remedies for White Fingernails

White Spots on Nails: Causes and Remedies for White FingernailsYour hands are like a business card – they tell a lot about you and the person you meet for the firs time can read a lot from the state of your hands. If that person is a doctor, he or she can additionally tell a lot about the state of your health just by looking at your nails. One of the signals that something might be out of balance in your health are white spots on the fingernails, called leukonychia.

They may be caused by various factors, both physical and chemical and depending on the reason, there are many ways to deal with them. Luckily, those white marks hardly ever require medical consultation and can be dealt with through some simple home treatments.

What Is Leukonychia?

The white marks that sometimes occur on the fingernails are small and usually of semicircular shape. If they appear on the toenails, the are often referred to as ‘jogger’s nails’ because this is a common condition in people who practice sports. Those white spots are not painful nor are not a serious health problem, but may be a sign of a condition that should be addressed as soon as possible in order to prevent any serious disease from developing.

Depending on the cause, white spots on fingernails can grow out on their own and don’t require any action on your side or may be a sign of certain deficiencies, in which case you have to identify them and replenish the missing vitamins and minerals.

Causes Of White Spots On Fingernails

Mechanical Injury

White marks might result from mechanical damage to the matrix of the nail (e.g. while jogging or putting too much pressure on the nail during manicure). The injury usually takes place a few weeks before the white mark appears, so many people don’t associate the incident with the occurrence of leukonychia. White marks caused by mechanical damage grow out on their own and all you need to do it to avoid further injuries.

Allergic Reaction

Some manicure products, like nail polishes, nail hardeners, nail polish removers etc. may contain harsh chemicals that damage the fingernails instead of protecting them. Sometimes a product that you have been using for a long time can suddenly cause an allergic reaction, so be vigilant and observe your nails to know whether all the products you use bring benefits to your fingernails or just the opposite.

It’s a good idea to alternate from time to time the brand of cosmetics you use for your manicure as well as leave your nails polish-free once every few weeks, If you are so used to having painted nails that you wouldn’t feel comfortable without anything on them, you can sill give them a break every now and then by putting on a coloured nail conditioner. Those products usually have natural colours – peach white or beige – but they look very elegant and you can use them to do the French manicure.

Fungal Infection

Even though more frequent on the toenails, fungal infection also happens on fingernails. Fungus needs a warm and moist environment to develop, therefore, it doesn’t happen very often that it occurs on the fingernail. That’s why you shouldn’t panic if you see some white spots. Only after you’ve tried some of the remedies we recommend below and still don’t see any improvement, should you take anti-fungal treatment into consideration.

Zinc Deficiency

One of the minerals that are crucial for maintaining the nails strong and healthy is zinc. When the level of this mineral drops below the necessary level, the body alarms you with the white spots on the fingernails. You can easily replenish the level of this mineral by incorporating oysters, spinach, nuts, whole grains, baked beans and yoghurts in your diet. While the white spots caused by zinc deficiency are not a major problem, prolonged zinc level abnormality can cause diarrhoeas, weaker immunity, thinning hair, susceptibility to stress, acne and rashes.

Calcium Deficiency

White Spots on Nails: Causes and Remedies for White Fingernails
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