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White Spots On Fingernails Deficiency
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
My 18 month old has a lot of white spots on his nails. Is that an indication of vitamin deficiency?
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
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
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
My fingernails look discolored and always break. I also have white spots on multiple finger beds. What can I do to make them look healthier?
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. This way you can get the best treatment. Read more
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
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
I have white spots all over all my fingernails, multiple spots on every one and they continue to mulitply and come back, even when the nail grow out! I?
Be gentle to nails!: This article is great because it discusses different nail issues. What you describe, leukonychia, is thought to be due to injury of the nail bed. Years ago, nutrition was the suspect, from dietary zinc to calcium. http://www. Express. Co.uk/life-style/health/190755/Nails-Facts-everyone-should-have-at-their-fingertips Read more
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
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
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
I have white spots on 7 of my fingernails & some have 3 spots on one nail. I know it is common but should I be worried? Last manicure was 5 months ago
Relax: White dots in finger nails signify previous minor injuries to the cuticle. They gradually grow out with the nail over about 6 months. Isotretinoin, usually taken for 20 weeks, causes temporary dryness of skin, moucous membranes, eyes, hair, nails, etc. Headache is worse if you take vitamins with vit a (not food): avoid vit. Pills while on isotretinoin. You may need to reduce the dose or even stop. Read more
Depends: It is not likely that the spots are due to vitamin deficiency, and it would take an examination to ascertain the nature of the spots and their cause. However, there will be no harm in taking mufti-vitamin tablets available over the counter and see if that helps. If not, it would be time to see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. Read more
Leuconychia: White spots under the nails or leuconychia, is not a serious condition and not due to lack of vitamins and minerals.It may be caused by trauma to the matrix of the nail and more common in finger nails than in toe nails, rarely they may be caused allergic reaction to nail polish or nail hardners. There is no treatment for it. Read more
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