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What do the white crescents and specks on peoples nails mean, is it a warning sign for health problems?

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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
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In brief: No

White specks on nails or leukonychia punctata is a harmless condition and thought to represent the after effects of minor injury to the base of the nail.
The spots generally disappear on their own within a few days. It is not a sign of a lack of vitamin or calcium in the diet or health problems.

In brief: No

White specks on nails or leukonychia punctata is a harmless condition and thought to represent the after effects of minor injury to the base of the nail.
The spots generally disappear on their own within a few days. It is not a sign of a lack of vitamin or calcium in the diet or health problems.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine

In brief: White specks

If it is on all the nails then sometimes it is a nutritional deficiency.
Mineral deficiencies especially zinc deficiency can show up as white specks on the nails. Try adding calcium'/magnesium/zinc to your vitamins. Get zinc in other forms rather than zinc oxide which is not absorbed well.

In brief: White specks

If it is on all the nails then sometimes it is a nutritional deficiency.
Mineral deficiencies especially zinc deficiency can show up as white specks on the nails. Try adding calcium'/magnesium/zinc to your vitamins. Get zinc in other forms rather than zinc oxide which is not absorbed well.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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