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Does anybody know what the white splottches you get on your fingernails mean?

I have heard before but I have forgotten. I just noticed my dd has several and I dont think she has had them before.

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Asked by mom2twobabes at 3:49 PM on Feb. 6, 2009 in Health

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  • i heard it means you arent getting enough calcium but i never looked it up

    Answer by aliciatron at 3:50 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • i was told it was lack of calcium but im not sure if its true.


    Answer by whitenena at 3:50 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • yeah its lack of calcium

    Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 3:51 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • OP HERE>>>>

    Uh oh....she takes a vitamin every morning, drinks milk, and eats cheese and yogurt too? Should I be concerned?

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 3:52 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • "Incidentally, in addition to the myth that white spots on the nails are a sign of calcium deficiency, you may also have heard that they indicate a zinc deficiency. That isn't true either. "

    I found this here:

    The article said the spots are due to past injury of the nail.

    Answer by Bmat at 3:57 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • Hmmmmmm....that makes more sense b/c I feel like she gets MORE than her share of calcium.

    But then I worry, is it getting absorbed correctly in her body.

    MAN, us moms can worry about the smallest thing, even a tiny white spotch on the nail ;)

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 4:01 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • I've also heard it's a sign of already having been sick. Like if she was sick a few months ago, then it could just now be showing in the nail. The teeth will also sometimes do this. I've noticed it in myself.

    Answer by Nika75 at 5:18 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • zinc deficiency.

    Answer by happi-ladi at 5:49 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • That's wierd. I have those spots.

    Answer by LaurenKaye29 at 9:16 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

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