Those little white dots that can appear on one or more nails are not a calcium deficiency!! That is one urban myth for the books. Not sure where that came form but it is just not true.
So What are They?
Leukonychia will appear in a couple different forms across the nail bed. Full leukonychia will result in the entire nail turning white. But partial leukonychia will appear as small dots or tiny white lines that show up on the nail plate.
In more serious cases large lighter in colour bands will appear on the nail and should be seen by a Dr. This could be because of medications or more concerning, a systemic illness. But quite honestly this is VERY rare and rarely cause white spots. (disclaimer) 😉
Why Do I Have White Spots on My Nails?
The most common cause of leukonychia is from trauma. Meaning, your nail bed at some point was damaged. This is very common with heavy nail biters. Makes sense when we think about it.
Car doors, drawers and pets can all be contributing factors. You get the idea, just as our bodies can be bruised so can our nail beds.
Not just restricted to the hands, these little white spots can appear on the toe nails as well. A more common reason we see them on toenails is usually because of footwear. Very active runners or skiers could be more susceptible to nail bruising.
Harsh chemicals form cleaning could also be causing damage to the nail plate. Let’s use this one to our advantage shall we? So sorry honey, I am off bathroom duty, It is just wreaking havoc on my nails!!!
How Can I Treat Them?
There is no quick fix when it comes to leukonychia. The most common treatment is just simply time. Letting the spots grow out on their own. As they move closer to the free edge of the nail you can the trim them to quicken this process. But please don’t dig, poke or try to bleach them! This will only cause the trauma to worsen.
If you find that they appear during your nail fills, don’t panic, just simply ask your tech to file a little softer. Some people are just more likely to get them than others. No real reason for this other than genetics.
If you find the white spots or lines aren’t moving over time, and by time I mean two months have gone by and they haven’t changed at all, then I would recommend seeing a DR. just to be on the safe side.
All in all, I would not go straight into panic mode when you see these white spots on your nails. There is a 95% chance that there is nothing to worry about at all. Remember that it is not a calcium deficiency so please do not go running to the super market to load up on milk!! Not necessary.
If you have any questions about your nails or nail health, please leave them in the comments below and I will be happy to answer any I can.
Good Luck Out There*
Cheyanne – The Nail Lamp Tramp