Is it true that white spots on nails indicate someone is missing? This is the real fact – Have you ever heard the myth that if there are white spots that appear on your nails, it means someone is missing you? This myth usually develops among children.

If no one misses, some people believe that white spots on the nails indicate the body is lacking a vitamin. Is this belief true?

No, in fact, white spots on the nails or leukonychia are caused by a variety of things, such as damage to the nail plate, certain medications, or fungal infections.

according to InsidersHere are some reasons for the appearance of white spots on the nails:

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1. Manicure damage

“This type of damage can occur during a manicure if the person doing it doesn’t gently treat the nails with sharp tools,” says cosmetic dermatologist Dendy Engelman at Shafer Clinic, NYC.

For example, using an electric file excessively or pushing the cuticles roughly with a metal tool.

White spots on the nails can also be the result of repeated trauma to the nail bed, which means overdoing manicures.

Not only white spots, manicure damage can also make nails cracked, peeled, or become brittle.

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Illustration of nails.  (Shutterstock)
Illustration of nails. (Shutterstock)

2. Fungal infection

Another common cause of white spots on the nails is a fungal infection. This occurs when microbes from the environment enter through tiny cracks in the nail or surrounding skin.

Another sign of a fungal infection is a cracked nail, growing thicker, or yellowing.

3. Mineral deficiency

Some experts say that white spots on the nails may be a sign of a mineral deficiency such as calcium or zinc.

“Because the nail plate is made of various nutrients in certain proportions, nutrient deficiencies can be seen in the nails,” says cosmetic dermatologist Michele Green in NYC.

But other experts dispute this idea and say that the spots are more likely to come from a minor injury. More research is needed to determine what the truth is.

4. Certain drugs

Some medications can interfere with nail growth or damage the nail bed, causing white streaks to appear all over the nail.

Medications that can interfere with nail growth include:

  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Retinoids for acne
  • Some antibiotics, including sulfonamides and cloxacillin
  • lithium
  • Anticonvulsant drugs such as carbamazepine
  • antifungals such as itraconazole
  • Some blood pressure medications such as metoprolol

These medications can also cause symptoms such as slow nail growth, thinning of the nails, and brittle nails.