Leukonychia Fingernail & Toenail Disorders

Leukonychia Fingernails & Toenails

Leukonychia Fingernails & Toenails

Leukonychia nail disorder:
white spots on nails!

How to recognize Leukonychia Nails?

Leukonychia is a medical term for white discoloration appearing on nails. It is derived from the Greek words Leuko white and Onyx nail. The most common cause is injury to the base of the nail (the matrix) where the nail is formed. There are several types of this condition.

[1] Transverse Leukonychia (or: Leukonychia Striata) - this condition is a Whitening or discoloration of the nail in bands or "stria". It may be caused by cirrhosis, chemotherapy, or physical injury to the nail matrix. (i.e. excessive nail "tapping" or slamming in a car door). This condition looks similar to Mees' stripes a condition caused by Arsenic, Lead, or other heavy metal poisoning.

[2] 'True' Leukonychia Nail - This is the most common form of Leukonychia, small white spots on the nails. In most cases, when white spots appear on a single or a couple of fingers or toes, the most common cause is injury to the base (matrix) of the nail. When this is the case, white spots disappear after around eight months, which is time necessary for nails to regrow completely. White spots showing up on all or nearly all nails for longer periods of time (months and years) can be due to one of several reasons. One common explanation is zinc deficiency.

Leukonychia: Treatment & Prevention.

Usually the white marks caused by Leukonychia disappear on their own, when the nails will grow outwards. However, this may take up to eight months for the new nail to completely grow out. The only prevention one can take to prevent Leukonychia is to reduce possibilities of minor injury to the nails so the white marks do not occur. A temporary measure to treat Leukonychia is to use nail polish on the affected nails to hide these white marks for a special occasion, but care should be taken to not overdo this since frequent nail polishing can worsen the condition by causing allergic reaction in the surrounding skin and damage the nails.

Leukonychia according the Nail Tutor


described in the Nail Tutor!


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