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Doctor insights on: White Spots On Fingernails Deficiency

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My thumbnail has white spots on it. Is this due to deficiencies?

My thumbnail has white spots on it. Is this due to deficiencies?

White spots on nails: Maybe. Many mineral deficiencies e.g. Zinc can cause white spots on the nails. However defciencies usually will show up on most of your nails, not just the thumbnail. Many conditions can cause spots on your nails so your best course of action is to maintain a healthy life style and meanwhile consult with you physician about obtaining regular checkups on your health. ...Read more

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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Can zinc deficiency results in small testes and white spots on my fingers?

Possibly: Zinc deficiency is associated delayed sexual maturation ; hypogonadism (small testes) in males as well as reduced testosterone production ; blood levels. Skin lesions are also reported. ...Read more

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My 18 month old has a lot of white spots on his nails. Is that an indication of vitamin deficiency?

My 18 month old has a lot of white spots on his nails. Is that an indication of vitamin deficiency?

Not necessarily: Some kids and adults have them and nothing is wrong. But do get your kiddo checked to be sure. ...Read more

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My 7yr old has white spots on her cheeks(& nowhere else). They seem to be under the skin, not scales/rash. Is it vitamin deficiency or something else?

My 7yr old has white spots on her cheeks(& nowhere else). They seem to be under the skin, not scales/rash. Is it vitamin deficiency or something else?

Pityriasis alba: It sounds like you're describing pityriasis alba. Pityriasis alba is a condition that results from dry skin and is very common in children. It is a patchy lightening of the skin (not a starchy white depigmentation of the skin). It is not scaly and is usually asymptomatic. It tends to look worse in the summer as the affected skin does not tan. Most cases resolve in puberty when skin becomes oily. ...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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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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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