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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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What causes white spots underneath your fingernails?

What causes white spots underneath your fingernails?

White Spots Nails: Difficult to answer without seeing these. It sounds as if it might be a harmless superficial fungous infection. Or, perhaps, from a nail cosmetic you may be using. See a dermatologist if you are worried about them. ...Read more

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I have white spots on 7 of my fingernails, some on more fingernails than others. What underlying diseases could cause this?

I have white spots on 7 of my fingernails, some on more fingernails than others. What underlying diseases could cause this?

Very unlikely.: White spots on nails are normally due to everyday sorts of trauma, such as knocking your nail against a hard surface. They disappear over time. In the rare instance that they don't, a superficial fungal infection may be present, and that would require the attention of a dermatologist. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Please help! I have these white spots on my fingernails?

Please help! I have these white spots on my fingernails?

Can be a lot: Fingernail disorders can be wide and varied as far as causes. Dermatologists are experts in fingernail diseases. White markings, called leukonychia, can be caused by trauma, infections, drugs, or other systemic diseases. ...Read more

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What can I do to remove these white spots on my fingernails?

What can I do to remove these white spots on my fingernails?

See below: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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A few months white spots appeared on my right index fingernail. Right now the spots are gone but it left it feeling rough. Please how and why did this happen to me? And how do I fix my it?

A few months white spots appeared on my right index fingernail. Right now the spots are gone but it left it feeling rough. Please how and why did this happen to me? And how do I fix my it?

Wrong question: You want to know about rough spots on nails. The white spots are harmless and not a sign of anything. Forget about the white spots. There are many of causes for nail changes. If it is important, see a dermatologist, who will look at your skin & nails while asking you many questions. Meanwhile you can use a moisturizer cream and rub in at least 5 times a day. ...Read more

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I have white spots on my fingernails. What could be the reason why?

I have white spots on my fingernails. What could be the reason why?

Let me explain: They're called "leukonychia" and are very common. Most of the time the white spots simply are a sign of some past injury to the matrix (base) of your nails. By the time the white spot shows up (about six weeks after the injury) you've probably forgotten all about banging or knocking your fingers. Sometimes, the injury can stem from a manicure that put excessive pressure on the base of the nails. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the little white spots I am seeing under my fingernails?

Uncertain meaning: The white flecks in nails most often represent trauma of some sort It need not be major trauma but a banging of the nails as in strumming a guitar etc Sometimes a low magnesium level can cause this as well. Simply taking a good daily multivitamin may help this if it is an issue ...Read more