Ever wonder where those white spots on your nails came from, or what they are?
There are many myths surrounding those mysterious white spots on fingernails that occasionally show up, but the truth is that the majority of white spots on fingernails are caused by a previous injury to the matix or nail bed. They are not caused by a calcium deficiency. They’re called “leukonychia” and are very common. The spots also can be a sign of an allergic reaction to nail polish or nail hardeners and, sometimes, are a symptom of a mild infection.
No need to worry though, these spot are temporary and will eventually grow out with your nails. However, it can take more than eight months for nails to grow out completely so the spots may be around for a while.
“Sometimes, a change in the appearance of your nails does indicate an underlying disease, but these changes would be more dramatic than just the occasional white spot. Nails that turn completely white, for example, can indicate liver disease, but by the time this happens, you probably would have other symptoms.” – Andrew Weil, M.D.
So there you have it. They may be unsightly for a little while, but there is no need to worry… More reason to get that brand new nail color!