“Your nails are a very good reflection of your health. Many things can occur in the nails that can signify systemic or skin problems,” says dermatologist Dr. Christine Poblete-Lopez.
And “anything that doesn’t look normal ought to be addressed. Your best course of action is to see a doctor as soon as possible.”
White spots on your fingernails are usually not that harmful and you shouldn’t worry much.
But sometimes, they may move to either all nails or several nails, and medically, the condition is known as leukonychia.
Valerie Maine from Live True London says:
According to Registered Dietitian Roxane Bakker, white spots on the nails could also be a sign of a fungal infection called ‘white superficial onychomycosis’.
Advising on white spots signalling a nail injury, she added:
According to therapist Becky Laroc, there is a general misconception white spots on your nails are a sign of a calcium deficiency.
But in some cases, white spots could be a sign of a zinc deficiency.
Parallel white lines that run all the way across the nail could be a sign of low levels of protein in the blood.
Ridges on the finger nails can merely be a sign of ageing, a vitamin deficiency or dehydration, or as a result of a skin condition such as dry skin or eczema.
According to Dr. Ross Perry, slight ridges are normal and can develop during the ageing process as when cell growth slows and lessens, so as you age it may not be unusual to see this happen.
But he warned if ridges are accompanied with discoloring it may be caused by a medical condition and you may need to seek medical advice.
According to a new study, following a COVID-19 infection:
New horizontal indentations at the base of fingernails and toenails, known as Beau’s lines.
Onychomycosis – nail fungus causing thickened, brittle, crumbly, or ragged nails.
And horizontal white lines on nails are some signs of ‘COVID NAILS’ or you had covid.
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