Why do white spots appear on the nails?

The harmless white spots (which many of us might have noticed on our nails) are called leukonychia or leuconychia. And, unlike the more widespread belief, its appearance does not indicate a lack of calcium in the body.

White spots on nails

There are different types of leukonychia and its causes are varying too. But the most common of all is that caused by trauma to the nail matrix.

Any blow can make it appear, as well as the habits of biting your nails, cutting too many cuticles, performing an aggressive manicure or even prolonged typing on the computer keyboard.

This type of leuconychia is not a serious condition and does not need to be treated, but it is important not to be confused with other types that may need treatment.

To differentiate them, it is necessary to analyze their appearance: if they are small white isolated spots, it is probably a simple microtraumatism.

How do they disappear and what are the treatments recommended?

There is no specific treatment for white patches that appear from trauma in the matrix (spotted leukonychia). In order for those little white dots to go away, you have to wait until the nail grows so that you can cut off that part. If you don’t want it to show, one possibility is to hide it with enamel.

When the doubt persists, it is always best to consult a dermatologist to be sure of a diagnosis and rule out any other type of leukonychia.

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