What is that white spot on my nails and where did it come from?!
Whilst doing my manicure I noticed this white spot on my nails and it reminded me of the very first time I ever saw one – I was so worried. I asked about it and was given the old wives’ tale that white spots on nails it’s a sign of calcium deficiency, and for a while I really thought that. I was only a kid really, but that’s what I thought was causing it for the longest time.
A few years later I asked my Doctor about it and he told me that the thing about Calcium was a “bunch of nonsense”! It was the first time I’d ever heard my Doctor speak in such a relaxed way lol.
He explained that it was ‘leukonychia’, caused by a minor trauma to the nail. Any little bump or knock that we probably never noticed, could create that white spot on your nails.
I took this to mean that it was similar to a scar. But unlike a scar that heals, the white mark doesn’t disappear. You have to wait for it to grow out. Annoying, but good to know it’s nothing too serious!
Have you ever found this pesky little white spot on your nails?
If you have any other marks or issues with your nails, you can check out this nail abnormalities guide from the NHS and always check with your GP/doc as they can put your mind at ease