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I get white spots under my nails, but i've had them since I was little?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Zinc deficiency?

There can be many causes but the most common are injury, nail fungus and zinc deficiency.
If you've had these since childhood i would suspect zinc deficiency might be the cause. See http://www.Md-health.Com/white-spots-on-nails.Html ; http://drlwilson.Com/articles/zinc.Htm.

In brief: Zinc deficiency?

There can be many causes but the most common are injury, nail fungus and zinc deficiency.
If you've had these since childhood i would suspect zinc deficiency might be the cause. See http://www.Md-health.Com/white-spots-on-nails.Html ; http://drlwilson.Com/articles/zinc.Htm.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology

In brief: Leukonychia

In medical science white spots in fingernails are also known as ‘leukonychia punctata’ – which related to the presence of nucleated keratinocytes (contrary: narrow white lines in the nails are known as ‘transverse leukonychia’).
Usually white spots are caused by random minor trauma – which also explains why they are relatively common in the hands of children!

In brief: Leukonychia

In medical science white spots in fingernails are also known as ‘leukonychia punctata’ – which related to the presence of nucleated keratinocytes (contrary: narrow white lines in the nails are known as ‘transverse leukonychia’).
Usually white spots are caused by random minor trauma – which also explains why they are relatively common in the hands of children!
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher
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