If you pay attention to your nails, you might occasionally (or frequently) notice little white spots on your nail bed.
They don’t look like much, but they can often be a message from your body letting you know something’s going on.
It’s usually no cause for alarm, but depending on the pattern, they can sometimes indicate a serious condition, so take a look and see how yours stack up.
They have several nicknames, including “kisses,” “wishes,” or even “gift spots.”
It’s strange, but it seems that many different cultures have invented stories around them and why they appear.
In Germany, for instance, people thought it was an indication of how long you’d live, while others in the country thought it was an indication thatyou were predisposed to lying.
Their medical name is leukonychia (hence the nicknames).
They don’t go away quickly, and they’re burdensome to many who get manicures. But where do they come from?
They’re normally benign and often just indicate a sort of bruise on your nail bed.
If you hit or pinch your finger, they can appear, then stick around for a month or longer.
Some say it’s the result of a nutritional deficiency, but there’s little to back that up.
Some people are genetically predisposed to getting these more than others, though.
The spots don’t really heal as much as they do just grow out with the nail, which is why they move and take so long to disappear.
But they CAN indicate a more serious issue.
And it’s hard to spot the difference between the benign ones and the bad ones.
But there are differences.
When they indicate something worse, they generally appear with double white lines running across the nail. Those are known as Muehrcke’s lines.
These spots doindicate malnutrition. They can also appear in the event of kidney or liver disease.
Then there are Lindsay’s Nails, which are also called “half and half” nails.
They show up as white on the bottom, but brown on the top.
These are a strong indicator of kidney disease.
Then there are Terry Nails, which look like Lindsay’s Nails, but contain more white at the bottom, and only the tip of the nail is brown.
These can be indicative of type 2 diabetes, HIV, and heart disease.
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