Both finger and toenails are usually pale pink in color, with a lighter crescent shape at the bottom of the nail known as the lunula. But sometimes, we notice white spots on our nails, clearly distinctive from the color of the nails.
What are they?
“They” are called leukonychia. Leukonychia can be caused by a variety of different factors, depending on the type. Here are some of the main causes of leukonychia.
- Drug use and other types of poisoning, like chemotherapy and heavy metal poisoning
- Trauma, like nail biting, bad manicure, cutting or punching your nail from the wall, or some small footwear that puts additional pressure on the toenails
- Fungal infection
- Lack of zinc, protein or calcium
- Hereditary – something you simply got from your ancestors
- Systemic illnesses, such as anemia, diabetes, heart failure, digestion problems or kidney disease