Leukonychia also known as Leuconychia is the white discoloration of the nails. The most common cause of this disease comes for an injury to the base of the nail.
Causes of Leukonychia
Picking, biting, chewing on the nails, or slamming a digit into something are the main causes for both adults and kids. For the most part, when these white spots appear, the common culprit is injury found at the base of the nail. White spots will disappear after 8 months time. It will take 8 months since that is the standard time for a nail to completely grow out.
Symptoms of Leukonychia
You can have an allergic reaction to:
- nail enamels,
- nail hardeners, or
- artificial nails,
Some products can cause bitter nails as well as split nails which can bring about whitish spots. Other Symptoms are caused from a lack of:
- Cirrhosis (a chronic liver disease brought on through alcoholism)
- psoriasis and eczema
All of these can cause your nails to become completely white save for the tips. A pattern of whitish color bands along the nails width may appear. If the spots have appeared by themselves, it’s unlikely the result from psoriasis or eczema.
Remedies for Leukonychia
Keep in mind when white spots appear due to Cirrhosis, very rarely are they a primary sign and they normally appear after cirrhosis is already present. Ointments and orally taken medication will clear up this problem within a couple of weeks.
Many things can cause white spots and if you suddenly have them on your nails, make sure to have an appointment scheduled with your dermatologist.