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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
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