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Contrary to the age-old myth, white spots on nails aren’t a sign of calcium deficiency. But don’t panic—white spots are actually very common and are usually nothing to worry about. So what should you do? Read on to discover what causes white spots on nails and how to treat them stat!

What Causes White Spots:

Though your nails are often an indicator of your overall health, if you see a couple of white spots on your nails, you’re more than likely OK. According to MedicalNewsToday.com, leukonychia, aka “white spots,” is a common condition often caused by an injury to the nail matrix, such as a rough manicure, accidental banging or nail-biting. Other rare causes include a reaction to certain medications or poisoning from heavy metals. White spots can occur on both the fingernails and toenails and can appear as tiny spots, horizontal lines or bands across the nail.

How To Treat Them:

Unfortunately, there is no “quick fix” for leukonychia. White tiny spots caused by trauma to the nail matrix will simply grow out over time. In the meantime, you can apply polish or a tinted base coat to the nail to conceal the spots. Don’t attempt to “buff” out the spots; over-buffing can damage the nail plate and leave nails thin and fragile. To prevent the white spots from returning, keep nails hydrated, always apply a base coat before polishing and avoid keeping polish on the nail for too long. If you do notice that the white spots are actually multiple horizontal lines across the nail, it’s best to get them checked out by a doctor as they may be a sign of an underlying health condition.

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