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White spots on nails: what they mean, causes, what to eat

White spots on the nails are small lesions that are most often caused by trauma or dietary deficiencies.

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You've surely heard that: If you have white patches on your nails, start eating something rich in calcium. While in a way this is good advice (as Poles are massively deficient in calcium), too little calcium in the diet is not the most common or only cause of these changes.

I promise to surprise you. You don't even know how much white spots have in common with... the cardiovascular system. Together with the doctor, Kacper Nihalani, we have prepared the most important information about these small, annoying lesions.

We are going to show you how much they have to do with the circulatory system.

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From this article you will learn:

  • What white spots on the nails are and what types they are.
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  • What they mean and whether they can be dangerous to your health.
  • How to get rid of white spots on your nails and what types they are.
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  • How to get rid of and prevent white spots on the nails.
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  • What to eat for white spots on nails.
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What are white spots on nails?

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White spots on the nails, known as leukonychia, are, small, irregular areas on the nail plate. They are noticeably lighter in colour than the rest of the nail and can occur as a single spot or as a series of spots on one or more nailsand.

These white spots on the nails usually do not itch, hurt or affect the growth or shape of the nail itself. However, their size and position can change as the nail grows. What's more, as a result of growth, the spots can disappear on their own when you simply cut the tip of the nail with the white area.

What are the types of white spots on nails?

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Depending on the type of leukonychia, the spots can have different characteristics. There are four basic types of white spots on the nails. What are their characteristicsand?

  • Leukonychia punctata, or single, white spots. This is the most common form of leukonychia. These spots are usually small and appear in various locations on the nail plate. They can appear as a single pigmentation or groups of several spots.
  • Leukonychia striata, or banded white striations. These spots are arranged as parallel lines or bands on the nail plate. The lines can be either thin or wide, and either straight or wavy.
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  • Leukonychia partialis, or partial nail bleaching. This type of leukonychia manifests as white areas that appear in various locations on the nail plate. These areas are usually larger than the small spots characteristic of leukonychia punctata.
  • Leukonychia totalis, or total nail bleaching. This is the rarest form of leukonychia. In this case, the entire nail, from root to tip, becomes whitish or milky.
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There is also the so-called  leukonychia striata longitudinalis. It looks almost the same as striata, but in longitudinalis the stripes run in an up-down line instead of left-right.
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What do white spots on the nails mean?

White spots on the nails, called leukonychia, are usually harmless and can result from a variety of causes, such as nail trauma, an allergy to nail cosmetics or a nutritional deficiency.

What are the causes of white spots on the nailsand?

  • Physical trauma. The most common cause of white spots on the nails is minor trauma - such as impact. If this is the case, the spots will most likely disappear on their own as the nail grows.
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  • Allergic reaction. Some cosmetics for nail care can cause allergies, and one of their effects can be white spots on the nails.
  • Nutrient deficiencies. The lack of certain vitamins and mineral ingredients, such as zinc or calcium, can lead to the appearance of white spots. If this is the case, appropriate supplementation can result in improved health.
  • Fungal infection. White spots can be a symptom of a fungal infection. It is often accompanied by other symptoms such as thickening, delamination or brittleness of the nail.
  • Dermatological disorders. Diseases such as eczema or psoriasis can also cause white spots to appear on the nails. When they occur along with other symptoms, such as skin lesions, it is worth consulting a dermatologist.
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  • Cardiovascular disorders. Rarely, but nevertheless - white spots can signal cardiovascular problems, such as ischaemia. If other symptoms are present, such as chest pain or shortness of breath, immediate consultation with a doctor is essential.
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Injuries cause damage to the structure of keratin, the substance from which nails are made. The result is the formation of air bubbles in the nail structure, resulting in a white or milky colour.
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Other causes of white spots on the nails include nail biting, manicure treatments or poisoning with e.g. heavy metals, as well as treatments such as chemotherapy, adds doctor.

White spots on nails - what vitamins and minerals are you lacking?

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In addition to physical injuries, vitamin and mineral deficiencies are the main causes of white spots on the nails. Deficiencies of which macronutrients are most often responsible for this?

Magnesium is an important component of the body's health.

Nutrient

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Effect on white spots on nailsand

Zinc

Zinc is essential for protein synthesis processes, which directly affects the health of the skin, hair and nails. Therefore, its deficiency can contribute to the appearance of white spots on the nails. Importantly, these changes are often one of the first signs of zinc deficiency.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by oxidative stress. It can help maintain nail health by protecting the cells that make up the nail. However, when it is lacking, white spots can occur.

Iron

Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells, which supply oxygen to all parts of the body, including your nails. Therefore, the result of iron deficiency can be white spots on the nails.

Iron deficiency can cause white spots on the nails.

Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is important for healthy skin and epithelial tissue, which includes your nails. Therefore, its deficiency can lead to dry, brittle nails and white spots.

Calcium

Calcium is essential for the healthy growth and development of bones, teeth and nails. And a deficiency of it can lead to thin, brittle nails and the appearance of white spots.

Calcium is a vital ingredient for healthy growth and development of teeth and nails.

Vitamin B7 (biotin)

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Biotin is often recommended to improve hair and nail health. It is needed for the production of keratin, a protein that is the main component of nails. A deficiency of biotin can lead to weak and brittle nails, which often manifests as white spots.

Biotin deficiency can lead to weak and brittle nails, which often manifests as white spots.

Magnesium

Magnesium plays a key role in many bodily functions, including protein synthesis. As a result, its deficiency can lead to weakened nails and the appearance of white spots.

Selenium

Selenium is an important micronutrient that helps protect cells from damage. It also supports the function thyroid gland, which regulates nail growth and development. Selenium deficiency can therefore indirectly lead to weak and brittle nails.

Which diseases can be indicated by white spots on the nails?

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White spots on the nails, although usually harmless, can sometimes signal certain medical conditions. Remember, however, that on their own, without other symptoms, they are rarely an indicator of specific diseasesand.

If they are already indicative of a more serious condition, they are not uncommonly the aforementioned: nail fungus, skin diseases or cardiovascular disorders.

Rarely, but white spots on the nails can also be a sign of kidney failure. The light discolouration in this case occurs with other symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite or respiratory problemsand.

Sometimes white spots on the nails can also be one of the symptoms of diabetes. In the vast majority of cases, they are then associated with other symptoms such as severe fatigue, increased thirst, weight loss or frequent urination.

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Leukonychia can also be a symptom of cirrhosis hepatic disease, hypoalbuminaemia (caused by inadequate absorption of protein from digested food) or psoriasis.
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After how long should the white spots on the nails caused by the injury disappear?

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White spots on the nails caused by trauma usually disappear on their own as the nail grows naturally. Depending on the location of the spot, this can take from a few weeks to several monthsandy.

The speed of nail growth varies from person to person, but on average, toenails grow about 3-3.5 mm per month. However, this process can be slowed down by a number of factors, such as age, health, diet and time of year (nails tend to grow slower in winter).

Hence, if the white spot has appeared close to the base of the nail, it may take about six months or longer for it to disappear, as the whole nail needs to grow back. If the spot is closer to the end of the nail, you will get rid of it quicker.

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White spots on toenails

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White spots on toenails can occur for many different reasons, just as they do on toenails. It is not uncommon for them to similarly be the result of trauma, allergic reaction, infection or may signal a deficiency of certain nutrients.

Cause of white spots on toenailsand:

  • Injury. Scratches, impacts or wearing ill-fitting footwear can cause injury to the toenails. As a result, white spots may appear on them, which will usually disappear as the nail grows back.
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  • Fungal infections. Nail fungus is a common problem affecting the feet. These fungi thrive best in warm and moist environments, and can cause white spots as well as changes in the shape and colour of the nail.
  • Dermal problems. Some skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema, can lead to changes on the nails, including the appearance of white spots.
  • Diabetes. In some circumstances, white spots on the toenails can be the result of diabetes. However, they are only one of many symptoms, and any suspicion of diabetes should be consulted immediately.
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Are white patches on the toenails always ringworm?

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No, white spots on the toenails do not always mean ringworm. Although ringworm is one possible cause of such spots, there are many other potential causes. These could include, for example, past trauma, allergic reactions to cosmetics, nutritional disorders and resulting nutrient deficiencies or skin diseasesand.

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Frequent symptoms of ringworm include a thickened nail and a dark, brown or yellowish colour.
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White spots on nails in children

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White spots on nails in children are a fairly common occurrence and are usually not a cause for concern. Many times it is the result of the same causes as in adults, namely trauma (even minor) or allergic reactions, especially to nail cosmetics. What are other causes of white spots on nails in childrenand?

  • Inappropriate diet. Children may suffer from a deficiency of certain vitamins or minerals due to an unbalanced diet. For example, a lack of vitamin A or vitamin B12 can lead to the appearance of white spots. Similarly with zinc or calcium.
  • Kidney problems Although very rare, but serious conditions such as kidney problems can also manifest as white spots on the nails.
  • Atopia and eczema. Children with atopic dermatitis or eczema may have white spots on their nails as a result of these conditions. This is usually accompanied by other skin symptoms as well.
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Remember that when white spots on the nails are the only symptom and disappear over time, they are most likely not a cause for concern. However, if they are present for a longer period of time or are accompanied by other symptoms, it is worth consulting your doctor.

Please note.

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The most common cause of white spots on the nails in children is trauma to the plate. However, it is worth bearing in mind possible other causes so that a possible disease can be diagnosed quickly and the appropriate treatment can be started.
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Are white spots on nails in an infant or a one-year-old child dangerous?

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White spots on the nails in infants or one-year-old children are not usually a cause for concern. They are often caused by minor trauma that can occur, for example, during play.

The spots are usually temporary and disappear as the nail grows. It is also important to note that in children under the age of two, white spots are much less likely than in adults to be caused by allergic reactions or fungal infectionsand.

If, however, white spots are present on all the nails or the child has other symptoms such as mood swings, eating problems, seems restless or complains of pain, it is worth consulting a paediatrician.

How to get rid of white spots on nails?

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How to get rid of white spots on the nails depends primarily on their cause. Usually, these spots disappear spontaneously as the nail grows and is replaced by healthy tissue. However, if the white spots are the result of a medical condition, appropriate steps may be necessary.

Nealing infections

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Infections, especially fungal infections, are one of the causes of white spots on the nails. In such situations, pharmacological treatment is necessary. It depends on the type of infection and may include topical application of ointments, creams, nail varnishes or oral therapyand.

Remember that it is important that the treatment is monitored by a doctor until the infection is completely cured.

Remedying nutritional deficiencies

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If the cause of white spots on the nails is a vitamin or mineral deficiency, dietary adjustments or the use of nutritional supplements may be necessary. The principles of healthy eating, i.e. providing the body with all the necessary nutrients, are the key to healthy nailsand.

In some cases, it may also be necessary to consult a nutritionist for a comprehensive nutritional assessment and appropriate supplementation.

Treatment of skin conditions

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In some cases, white spots may be the result of skin diseases such as psoriasis or eczema. In this case, their treatment will require a treatment tailored to the specific ailmentand.

Treatment of psoriasis

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For psoriasis, of which white spots on the nails may be a symptom, treatment is usually long-term and involves several possible methods. The most common treatments are local corticosteroids, creams with vitamin D, retinoids, and light therapies, called phototherapyand.

In some more extreme cases, the doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs or biologics that suppress the immune system elements that cause psoriasis symptoms.

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Keeping nails cut short and avoiding manicure treatments on cuticles is also helpful.
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Treatment of eczema

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If the cause of white spots on the nails is eczema, treatment may include the use of topical corticosteroids to relieve symptoms such as itching, redness or dry skinand.

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It is also possible to use antihistamines to help control pruritus. Regular and adequate moisturisation of the skin with specially selected creams and lotions is also an important part of the treatment.

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Hygiene care

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Good hygiene is the basis for healthy nails. Pay attention to washing your hands regularly and disinfecting your manicure tools to remove accumulated bacteria and dirt. Using mild, natural hand-washing products will help protect skin and nails from dryingand.

Additionally, avoid biting your nails - this is an unhealthy habit that can carry bacteria and lead to cracking or nail infections. Taking care of your hygiene is a key step in maintaining healthy nails.

Proper care

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Good care helps keep nails looking healthy and attractive. It is important to regularly apply moisturising creams, oils and nail conditioners, which provide nutrients and help maintain proper moisture levels. Products such as argan oil, olive oil and castor oil are known for their good effects on nail healthand.

At the same time, avoid using nail cosmetics containing harmful substances such as formaldehyde, toluene or dibutyl phthalate (DBP), which can contribute to white spots and damage to the nail plate.

Healthy supplementation

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White spots on the nails are often the result of a deficiency of certain ingredients in the diet. An unhealthy diet and stress can lead to a deficiency of vitamins and minerals that are important for healthy nails. Vitamins A, C, D and biotin (B7) are particularly important for nail health. Also ensure an adequate supply of iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium.

What to eat for white spots on nails?

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For white spots on nails, eat foods rich in protein, such as eggs or meat, as well as biotin - liver or nuts. It is also worth taking care to source calcium and zinc. Peppers and citrus fruits, among others, will provide you with the former. Zinc from e.g. beef.

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In the table below, you will find the most important nutrients whose absence causes white spots on the nails. In the second column, in turn, you will see the five products that provide you with them.

What do you eat?

What to eat for white spots on nailsand?

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Nutritional ingredient

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Examples in the diet

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Protein

  • Chicken breast
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  • Beef
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  • Herring
  • Soy
  • Flaxseed
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Biotin (vitamin B7)

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  • Beef liver
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  • Roasted peanuts
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  • Egg
  • Salmon
  • Sweet potatoes
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Iron

  • Dried thyme
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  • Livers
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  • Ostrygi
  • Caviar
  • Beef
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Zinc

  • Ostrygi
  • Pumpkin seeds
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  • Crab
  • Homar
  • Beef
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Vitamin A

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  • Beef liver
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  • Sweet potatoes
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  • Carrot
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  • Tuna
  • Kale

Calcium

  • Citrus
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  • Peppers
  • Kale
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi

Vitamin D

  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Beef liver
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  • Milk
  • Eggs

Selenium

  • Brazil nuts
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  • Cooked oysters
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  • Lamb liver
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  • Ocephalus
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  • Homar

Vitamin C

  • Cacadamia plum
  • Acerola
  • Wild rose
  • Guava
  • Yellow pepper
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Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Fish (e.g. salmon, mackerel, tuna)
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  • Nuts (e.g. Brazil nuts, walnuts)
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  • Flaxseed
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  • Chia seeds
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  • Lean meat
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Magnesium

  • Wheat bran
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  • Pumpkin seeds
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  • Cocoa
  • Almonds
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  • Barley groats
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How to prevent white spots on nails?

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Preventing white spots on your nails mainly involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking proper care and protection of your nails. What do you need to take care of to ensure your nails remain healthy and full of colourand?

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  • Balanced diet. Proper nutrition is very important for healthy nails. It is important to consume enough protein, as well as vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc, biotin and vitamins A, B, C, D.
  • Protect your nails.  Avoid contact with chemicals and harmful substances, such as detergents, which can damage your nails. If your professional work requires you to use such products, always wear protective gloves.
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  • Proper nail care. Make sure your nails are always clean and dry. This will help prevent infections. Also avoid biting your nails and cuticles, which can lead to infections.
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  • Maintain adequate hydration. Hydration is very important for the health of your entire body, including your nails. Drink enough water to keep your skin, hair and nails in good condition. Research suggests that men should take in an average of about 3 litres of fluids a day and women 2.2 litres.
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  • Use supplementation (if necessary). If your diet is not providing you with all the ingredients you need, you may want to consider supplementation. With a particular focus on B vitamins, especially biotin, and minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium.
  • Regular health checks. Some illnesses, such as anemia or problems with thyroid gland, can cause white spots on the nails. Regular medical examinations (e.g.  blood tests) can detect such conditions early and take appropriate action.

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Fish collagen from the Natu.Care brand in a dose of 5000 mg, based on certified ingredients of the best quality. Regular supplementation will positively influence the appearance of the skinóry, hairów and nails – they will be rebuilt and strengthened from the inside.

In addition to collagen, which is valuable for health and beauty, it also offers other active ingredients that help to maintain a youthful complexion, shiny hair and strong nails.

The formula contains a sufficient portion of the active ingredient to positively affect joints, the musculoskeletal system and immunity.

Natu.Care Premium Collagen is available in two flavours – Cacao Bloom and Rise&Shine. Both formulas are based on the following active ingredients: marine collagen hydrolysate, wild roseóbud extract and hyaluronic acid.

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Fish collagen from the Natu.Care brand in a dose of 5000 mg, based on certified ingredients of the best quality. Regular supplementation will positively influence the appearance of the skinóry, hairów and nails – they will be rebuilt and strengthened from the inside.

In addition to collagen, which is valuable for health and beauty, it also offers other active ingredients that help to maintain a youthful complexion, shiny hair and strong nails.

The formula contains a sufficient portion of the active ingredient to positively affect joints, the musculoskeletal system and immunity.

Natu.Care Premium Collagen is available in two flavours – Cacao Bloom and Rise&Shine. Both formulas are based on the following active ingredients: marine collagen hydrolysate, wild roseóbud extract and hyaluronic acid.

Additionally, Cacao Bloom contains natural L-theanine, coenzyme Q10 and defatted Dutch cacao. Rise&Shine instead contains vitamin E and vitamin A.

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In addition to collagen, which is valuable for health and beauty, it also offers other active ingredients that help to maintain a youthful complexion, shiny hair and strong nails.

The formula contains a sufficient portion of the active ingredient to positively affect joints, the musculoskeletal system and immunity.

Natu.Care Premium Collagen is available in two flavours – Cacao Bloom and Rise&Shine. Both formulas are based on the following active ingredients: marine collagen hydrolysate, wild roseóbud extract and hyaluronic acid.

Additionally, Cacao Bloom contains natural L-theanine, coenzyme Q10 and defatted Dutch cacao. Rise&Shine instead contains vitamin E and vitamin A.

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In addition to valuable vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, E, B3, B2 and biotin, the formula contains bamboo shoot extract, whichóry further enhances your beauty.

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A dietary supplement with a complex of active ingredients affecting the appearance and condition of hairóhair, skinóskin and nailsand. A simple and effective formulation with no unnecessary additivesós. Recommended for hair loss and poor hairócondition, brittle nails and skinócondition without shine and with imperfections.

Pros and cons

A dietary supplement with a complex of active ingredients affecting the appearance and condition of hairóhair, skinóskin and nailsand. A simple and effective formulation with no unnecessary additivesós. Recommended for hair loss and poor hairócondition, brittle nails and skinócondition without shine and with imperfections.

Additional information

A dietary supplement with a complex of active ingredients affecting the appearance and condition of hairóhair, skinóskin and nailsand. A simple and effective formulation with no unnecessary additivesós. Recommended for hair loss and poor hairócondition, brittle nails and skinócondition without shine and with imperfections.

Expert opinion

A dietary supplement with a complex of active ingredients affecting the appearance and condition of hairóhair, skinóskin and nailsand. A simple and effective formulation with no unnecessary additivesós. Recommended for hair loss and poor hairócondition, brittle nails and skinócondition without shine and with imperfections.

When to go to the doctor with white spots on the nails?

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Not infrequently, white spots on the nails are quite harmless and disappear quickly as the nail grows. However, if they are present on multiple nails, become larger or are combined with other symptoms, you should consult your doctor. What additional symptoms should cause you concernand?

  • Yellowing, thickening or peeling of the nails,
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  • pain, itching,
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  • changes in the shape or texture of the nails,
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  • hair loss,
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  • skin changes,
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These symptoms may be indicative of more serious health conditions, such as infection, nutritional deficiencies, kidney problems or, less commonly, diabetes.

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Summary

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  • White spots on the nails, known as leukonychia, are small, irregular areas that are lighter in colour than the rest of the nail.
  • White spots can occur on the nail.
  • Leukonychia can occur in different sizes and positions and usually disappear spontaneously as the nail grows.
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  • There are four types of leukonychia: punctata (single spots), striata (banded striations), partialis (partial nail whitening) and totalis (complete nail whitening).
  • The cause of white spots on the nails can be minor trauma, an allergic reaction to cosmetics, a nutritional deficiency, a fungal infection, skin diseases, or less commonly, circulatory problems.
  • White spots caused by trauma usually disappear over a period of several weeks to several months - depending on the growth rate of the nail.
  • White spots on the toenails can result from the same causes as on the toenails of the hands, such as trauma, allergic reactions, fungal infections or nutrient deficiencies.
  • White spots on fingernails in children, as in adults, are most often the result of minor trauma, allergic reactions or nutrient deficiencies.
  • The treatment of the spots depends on the cause of their occurrence; they usually disappear spontaneously, but in the case of pathological conditions, specific measures such as drug treatment may be needed.
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  • To prevent the formation of white spots, it is advisable to take care of a balanced diet, hygiene, proper care and, if necessary, to use supplementation and regular health checks.

FAQ

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. What are the signs of simultaneous white spots on nails and hair loss?.

Simultaneous white spots on the nails and hair loss may indicate a deficiency of important nutrients, including  zinc or biotin and other B vitamins. These changes can also be indicative of stress or health problems, such as thyroid insufficiency or anemia.

If these symptoms persist for a prolonged period of time, consultation with a doctor is necessary.

. Does lifestyle affect the incidence of white spots on nails?.

Yes, lifestyle can have a significant impact on health your nails. Diet rich in essential nutrients and vitamins increases the chance of healthy nails. Regular maintenance, shying away from cosmetics containing harmful substances and avoiding trauma also contribute to maintaining healthy nails.

. Are white spots on the nails always the result of a vitamin deficiency?.

No, white spots on the nails are not always the result of a deficiency of vitamins. In fact, the most common cause of white spots on the nails is minor trauma, such as impact or pressure. They can also occur as a result of an allergic reaction to a particular nail care product or poor hygiene.

. Can white spots on the nails be indicative of problems during pregnancy?.

White spots on the nails are not a typical symptom that would be associated with pregnancy. However, they can be indicative of nutritional deficiencies, which are often the result of altered nutrient requirements during pregnancy.

. White spots on nails after hybrid - what do they indicate?.

White spots on the nails after hybrid can have several causes. Sometimes they are the result of damage to the nail matrix during aggressive nail styling, use of the wrong products or improper removal of the polish.

They also become visible when the nails do not have time to regenerate between manicures. If this is the case, a break in styling is recommended.

. What do large white spots on the nail plate mean?.

Large white patches, known as leukonychia totalis or leukonychia partialis, are rarer than other types and therefore can be more worrying. They are usually the result of a more serious injury, but can also indicate some health disorder, especially if they occur on multiple nails at the same time.

. Is there anything I can do to speed up the disappearance of white spots on my nails?.

White spots on nails generally disappear on their own as the nail grows and is replaced by healthy tissue. However, you can speed up the process by taking care to eat a healthy diet, rich in the nutrients necessary for nail growth and avoiding factors that can cause injury.

Collagen supplementation can be helpful. In one scientific study, regularly drinking 2.5g fish collagen accelerated nail growth by 12%.

. Is it possible to prevent white spots on the nails?.

Of course, there are several ways to reduce the risk of white spots on the nails. A healthy diet, proper nail care and avoiding minor injuries are key factors that will help keep your nails healthy.

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