What White Spots On Nails Are Telling About Your Health
White is not always right, especially when it comes to your health! You may love white color as much as you desire! It’s a cute color that signifies truth, peace, and blah blah! But those white spots on nails, tell you an ugly truth! It tells you there is something wrong with your nails.
Is It Calcium Deficiency?
That’s what most people believe. But, to tell you the fact it is not!
Then what it is? It is definitely not a sign of good health. I am sure you must be eager to find out why you have white spots on your nails and how you can get rid of them. Read on to find some surprising reasons for white spots on nails and the natural ways to restore their natural, pinkish color.
Why Do I Have White Spots On Nails?
The white spots you notice on your nails have a medical term, “leukonychia.”
In most cases, these white spots are a sign of a past injury to the base of the nails. The injury might have happened sometime back when you banged or knocked your fingers or even from a manicure. Here are some other factors that can cause white spots on nails
- Trauma due to excessive nail biting, or uncomfortable footwear
- Side effects of drugs such as the chemotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of cancer and Sulphonamides used for treating infections
- Heavy metal poisoning due to the exposure to arsenic and lead
- Deficiency of zinc (Yes! And not the deficiency of calcium as most people believe)
How To Reduce White Spots On Nails And Restore Their Natural Colors?
According to a study published in the Annals of Dermatology, a lack of zinc could be the cause of leukonychia.
This is a finding. But what is the conclusion?
The conclusion is even simpler. Make sure your body has enough of this nutrient to prevent the white spots from appearing on your nails.
You can include foods rich in Zinc such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, nuts, beans, and mushrooms in your regular diet. This will help you achieve long-term results for preventing leukonychia in the future.
Yogurt: Eat Or Apply!
You will be surprised to know that leukonychia can also occur due to digestive problems. Crohn’s disease is a common digestive disorder that can make your nails look ugly. If you want these white spots to disappear permanently, take care of these underlying factors.
Yogurt, a powerful pro-biotic food, can help you with this aim. According to the study published in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, yogurt possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It can help to control the symptoms and progress of inflammatory bowel diseases.
This will help you to prevent the appearance of white spots on your nails. To get this effect, you have two options! Eat it, or apply it. Yes, you can simply consume a bowl of yogurt or apply a small amount of it on the affected nail daily.
Tea Tree Oil
Do you know the white spots on nails may indicate the beginning of fungal infections? You can prevent these infections from strengthening their roots under your nails by using Tea tree oil.
According to a study published in Skin Pharmacol, tea tree oil possesses strong anti-fungal properties. It can inhibit the fungal infection and restore the health of your nails.
To use, follow the simple steps given below:
- Clean the affected nail with soap and water and dry them well
- Apply one or two drops of tea tree oil to the affected nail
- Leave it for a few minutes to allow the oil to soak into the nails for around 10 minutes
- Gently scrub the nail with a soft toothbrush.
- Repeat this treatment once every day till a healthy na4il tissue has replaced the infected one.
Stop Using Nail Polish
I don’t want to dishearten you. But I want to share with you one shocking fact! Your nail polish could be the culprit for those ugly white spots.
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, white spots are the common sequelae of applying nail polish. So, now it’s up to you to decide! Whether you still want to use the nail polish for the temporary beatifying effect or stop using them to maintain the health and natural beauty of your nails!
Moisturize The Nails
Our nails have a unique ability to regrow. So, you can outwit the white spots on your nails by making sure your nails regenerate and grow faster. You could simply clip the unhealthy part away leaving behind a healthy and pinkish nail.
According to NLDA, you could stimulate the natural ability of the nails to grow by keeping them well moisturized. Rub in vitamin E oil on your nails and massage it gently for a few minutes.
Do this every night, before the bedtime. It would support the growth of nails and allow them to outgrow the parts with white spots. See this video to make sure you apply vitamin E oil in the right way.
Unfortunately, white spots on nails do not constitute nail art! If anyone spots them, they will know your nails are not so healthy. So, it’s best to try the methods discussed above to remove these spots so that your nails have a healthy, pinkish hue that you can flaunt with pride!