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White spots on nails: causes, treatment and prevention

Yoana Gaydova

Many people have white spots on their nails and wonder why this happens. These spots, also known as leukonychia, are usually harmless and do not indicate an underlying medical condition.

White spots on nails can be perceived as unattractive and even cause anxiety in some people. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of white spots on nails, treatment options and explore the strategies to prevent leukonychia.


What causes white spots on nails?

There are several reasons why you can have white spots on your nails. The most common causes for this are:


One of the most common causes of white spots on nails is trauma or injury to the nail bed. This can happen from a sudden impact, such as slamming your fingers in a door, or repetitive actions, such as typing or playing an instrument. An accident is just around the corner!

Nutritional deficiencies

White spots on nails can also be a sign of nutritional deficiencies, such as zinc, calcium or iron. Inadequate intake of these nutrients can affect the growth and development of nails.

Fungal infections

Fungal infections such as onychomycosis can also cause white spots on nails. This is more likely in people who have a weakened immune system or frequently expose the hands and feet to moisture.

Allergic reactions

Finally, any allergic reactions to certain chemicals found in nail polishes, soaps or lotions can also lead to the formation of white spots on nails.

How do you treat white spots on nails?

Now that we know how to get white spots on nails, the only question left is "how do we get rid of them?" In other words, how do you treat white spots on nails?

Our tip? Wait and see. In most cases, white spots on nails will disappear on their own as the nail grows. This can take several weeks to months, depending on how quickly your nails grow.

Use a nail hardener

If the nail problem does not go away, we recommend that you use a nail hardener . These include o.acalcium, vitamin E and biotin, which strengthen your nails and prevent white spots from developing in the future.

There are several Herome nail care products that contain vitamin E, such as the Nail Hardener Sensitive, Hydrating Nail Gel, Exit Damaged Nails and Nourishing Nail Oil, and some Herome nail polishes are also enriched with calcium.

Antifungal medications

If a nail hardener cannot solve the problem for you, the white spots may be caused by a fungal infection.

In that case, it is wise to consult your doctor. He or she may prescribe a specific antifungal medication to get rid of the white spots on your nails.

How do you prevent white spots on nails?

Prevention is definitely better than cure and that is why the question is: how do you prevent white spots on your nails. These are our three tips:

  1. Protect your nails: Protect your nails from trauma or injury by wearing gloves while doing household chores or playing sports.
  2. Eat a balanced diet: Make sure you consume a balanced diet that contains adequate amounts of zinc, calcium and iron.
  3. Keep your nails clean and dry: Keep your nails clean and dry to prevent fungal infections. Avoid soaking your nails in water for long periods.

When should you see a doctor for white spots on nails?

If you notice changes in the color or texture of your nails, or if you have white spots on your nails that do not go away, it is important to see a doctor. They can investigate to see if there are any underlying medical conditions that could be causing the white spots.

White spots are normal

Finally, white spots on nails are a common cosmetic concern, but usually harmless. It can happen to the best of people, so don't worry too much right away, but do give it the attention it deserves.

White spots can be a sign of an underlying medical condition, so it's important to pay attention to any changes in your nails.

By following proper nail care techniques, eating a balanced diet and protecting your nails from injury, you can prevent white spots on nails and keep your nails healthy and strong. 

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