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A 49-year-old member asked:

I'm wondering why are there white spots on my finger nails?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Posner
Podiatry 28 years experience
Leukonychia: White spots on the nails is usually from past trauma of the nail matrix. Trauma can from banging the nail or from going to nail saloons. Most of the time they will resolve as the nail grows outward.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Injury,fungi,lo zinc: There can be many causes but the most common are injury, nail fungus and zinc deficiency. See http://www.Md-health.Com/white-spots-on-nails.Html ; http://drlwilson.Com/articles/zinc.Htm.

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A 24-year-old female asked:

What do white spots on finger nails mean?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Damage or fungus: It depends on where the white spots are. It could represent damage to the nail matrix several months ago at the base of the fingernail or could be a fungal infection if the white spot is out on the tip and somewhat irregular.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

Why are there white spots on my finger nails?

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Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 62 years experience
White spots: try increasing your calcium intake,for example milk
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A 20-year-old female asked:

What causes these white spots in/under my finger nails? Is it serious?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 39 years experience
No need to worry: According to the american academy of dermatology, the white spots occur after injury to the nail. Fortunately, as the nail grows out, the spot will disappear. No need to worry.
Last updated Mar 4, 2014


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