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White Flecks On Fingernails...


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Posted 30 March 2005 - 11:58 AM

Ok I have heard lots of rumors and wivestales, so I decided to ask ya'll. I have white flecks on my fingernails that I cant seem to get rid of. Are they related to my celiac? Or is it zinc defficiancy?

Any help is appreciated :)
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Posted 30 March 2005 - 01:41 PM

I know it can come from lack of calcium.
It can come from celiac because if you are malnourished from certain things that could show up.
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Posted 30 March 2005 - 01:57 PM

White specks on your fingernails are calcium deposits and are related to celiac. On some symptom list on this site, they are listed. I have them on my fingernails also.
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Posted 30 March 2005 - 02:20 PM

Hi guys.
I've had those white spots on and off my whole life. Never would've guessed that it was Celiac. (I'm trying to remember what my mom used to tell me caused them...it either had to do with the number of lies you've told, or boyfriends you would have. HA!)
But I'm confused; if it's calcium deficiency then why would deposits be present on our nails? Seems like our nails should be pinker than most!
Paula :P
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Posted 30 March 2005 - 02:31 PM

Because celiac causes malabsorbtion, the calcium isn't being absorbed--and it's going to the fingernails in those deposits instead.
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Posted 30 March 2005 - 03:12 PM

Wow! So smart...Thank you Dr. celiac3270! :D
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Posted 30 March 2005 - 03:14 PM

They may also be due to a zinc deficiency. Mine are and have to take zinc daily or else I get them.
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Posted 31 March 2005 - 07:49 AM

Wow, I have had those for years but now take 1,000 mg of calcium a day (no dairy) and they are gone!!! I never noticed...

I was also having problems, after the spots, with pits and ridges/vertical lines and she recommended vitamin C and my nails are improving - I just upped my dose from 500 to 1,000 per day (I take one of each in the morning and evening so my body can absorb).
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Posted 31 March 2005 - 10:13 AM

I get that all over my skin, on my arms and legs. I have really fare skin, could it be related to that or is it related with the celiac and should I be worried about it :unsure:
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Posted 31 March 2005 - 10:18 AM

You get white spots under your skin? That is probably due to lack of something in your diet. How long have you been gluten free? Celiac can cause deficiencies due to not being able to absorb nutrients properly. You may want to see a doctor to see what you are deficient in so you can get a supplement to take. Do you take vitamins now?
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Posted 31 March 2005 - 11:22 AM

I dont really know how to descripe it, but my skin is fare, then it just develps spots that are whiter. it looks like I am a dalmation. but it is on my legs arms and hands.
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Posted 31 March 2005 - 11:43 AM

There is a condition of the skin called vitiligo that sounds like what you are describing. You might want to google it.

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 01:01 PM

I have small white spots like reverse freckles on my arms also. My dermatologist said they are just sun damage, that anyone at any age can get them but mostly fair people as they age. I don't know if that's the same thing that you have?
The white flecks in the fingernails are not specifically linked to celiacs, they are due to malnutrition. In countries where people are starving, Doctors will look at the fingernails as a quick guide to how bad the malnutrition is. Obviously we celiacs have a malabsorbtion problem therefore a malnurishment problem. :( Wendy
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Posted 31 March 2005 - 04:15 PM

I thought of something else about my fingernails later. It was worst when I was a child, but my thumb nails used to get horizontal, not vertical with the grain, waves. They were so ugly and I didn't know anyone else whos nails were like that. I just figured that it had to do with some kind of deficiency (didn't know that I had Celiac.) After maybe a few months or longer they would smooth out again. Anybody out there have any experience and/or information? I've always been curious about that.
Paula
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Posted 31 March 2005 - 04:22 PM

I have the lines on my fingernails also and I was told that it is a hereditry thing, b/c my mom and sisters and grandmother has it and my great grandfather had it. Thanks Jessica :)
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