A 38-year-old member asked:
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i get white spots under my nails, but i've had them since i was little?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Leukonychia: In medical science white spots in fingernails are also known as ‘leukonychia punctata’ – which related to the presence of nucleated keratinocytes (contrary: narrow white lines in the nails are known as ‘transverse leukonychia’). Usually white spots are caused by random minor trauma – which also explains why they are relatively common in the hands of children!
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Zinc deficiency?: There can be many causes but the most common are injury, nail fungus and zinc deficiency. If you've had these since childhood i would suspect zinc deficiency might be the cause. See http://www.Md-health.Com/white-spots-on-nails.Html ; http://drlwilson.Com/articles/zinc.Htm.
Answered on Mar 4, 2014

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