White spots on nails, also known as leukonychia, are small discolorations or spots that appear on the surface of the nails. These spots can occur on both finger nails and toe nails. While they may be concerning to some individuals, they are usually harmless and not indicative of a serious health condition.
The most common cause of white spots on nails is minor trauma or injury to the nail matrix, which is responsible for producing the nail plate. Uneven pressure or repeated trauma to the nail can cause these small spots to develop. They can also occur due to nutritional deficiencies, such as zinc deficiency. Other potential causes include fungal infections, certain medications, or underlying medical conditions.
In most cases, white spots on nails will naturally grow out as the nail grows, and no treatment is necessary. However, if you are concerned about the appearance of your nails, or if you are experiencing additional symptoms, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and guidance.« Back to Glossary Index