WHAT ARE THE WHITE DOTS ON MY NAILS? LEUKONYCHIA
What is it?
Leukonychia is a medical term for white spots appearing on the fingernails usually due to dehydration, fungal infection, deficiency of potassium & zinc, nail trauma, eczema or the psoriasis.
Sometimes it is harmless, while in other cases it may be a sign of an underlying medical problem such as nutritional deficiency. Occasionally, white spots on nails may indicate an allergic reaction to a product used on the nail, such as nail polish, hardener, or polish remover.
- White spots on the fingernail: small white lines on the nails and change in color of the nails, that eventually become totally white.
1. Leukonychia totalis
- Whitening of the entire nail.
- Whitening of parts of the nail.
- Whitening or discoloration of the nail in bands that run parallel the nail
- Small white spots appear on the nails and it’s the most common form of leukonychia.
If you want strong & healthy nails, be sure to include foods rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, sulphur, as well as the essential fatty acids. Multivitamin supplements can also be taken to treat a vitamin deficiency. Make a conscious effort to consume fresh fruits and green vegetables (spinach, broccoli, etc.), nuts, beans, fish and eggs, among other nail-friendly foods.