If you’ve ever taken a close look at your fingernails you may have noticed white spots or lines. Most often these white discolorations are due to a previous minor injury to the nail that you may not remember but occasionally they can represent something else entirely.
Some medical conditions associated with white stripes are:
· Anemia, usually characterized by white nail beds instead of just stripes
· Deficiency in zinc or iron, usually characterized by white spots instead of lines
· Deficiency in protein, usually characterized by white bands across the nail bed
· Kidney problems or liver troubles, usually characterized by long white stripes on the nail surface
White lines that extend across the entire nail horizontally are sometimes called Muehrcke lines and are seen on more than one nail. If they occur on more than one nail then trauma is less likely and a systemic disease is more likely.
If you feel that this is more than just a lack of vitamin intake, you should consult a doctor right away. Kidney failure is a serious concern – your body might be having a hard time filtering protein, and it is time that you come in for a consultation and get a urine or blood test.
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If you have any further questions feel free to contact Houston OBGYN Dr. Lisa Otey for more information or an appointment.