An old wives’ tale on Indian culture says that whenever you see a crane (bird), chant the words “Bagula, bagula chawal de”; to seek blessings from this majestic animal. The resulting grace comes in the form of white spots on our nails that you can see and becomes a sign of good luck.
The reality of the situation is nearly not as fantastical as this superstition. Most mothers have coughed up the condition to calcium deficiency, to get us to drink our morning glass of milk without fussing. Turns out, there’s more to those white spots on our nails than what can be fixed by chugging milk every day!
What do white spots on your nails mean?
According to dermatologists, while dietary deficiencies can have an effect on nail health; the white spots (Leukonychia) are caused due to trauma to the nail. Maybe you bumped it, slept on it wrong or are a professional carrom board player! Excessive use of nail polish can also lead to developing these spots as the surface of your nail wears down after a while.
How to deal with white spots on your nail?
Maintaining a proper diet should be on top of your priority list for hair, nail and skincare. There are a few additional things you can do to deal with targeted issues. Add nail straightening agents to your nail care routine. Nails are hard, which means they have more significant hydration needs. Keeping them healthy from the root will come in handy on a rainy day.
What will help?
Nail and cuticle oils, nourishing base coats and home remedies like aloe vera can form a part of your weekly nail care sesh. Stick to gentle removers like the Lakme Nail Colour Remover with Vitamin E to reduce the strain on your nails.
Apart from these apparent shortcomings in nail care; if the white spots on your nail seem powdery, they can be due to an easily treatable fungal infection. White ridges on nails are also a sign of ageing and not some secret rare disease you need to Google. Dents or dips on nails can be a sign of psoriasis, so it is best to get those checked.