Re: Findernail Turning White
Is the nail plate turning white in spots? If so, it could be a fungal or yeast infection. Either infection results in Onychomycosis, and can invade through a tear in the proximal and lateral nail folds as well as the eponychium. This type of infection is characterized by onycholysis (nail plate separation) with evident debris under the nail plate. It normally appears white or yellowish in color, and may also change the texture and shape of the nail. The fungus digests the keratin protein of which the nail plate is comprised. As the infection progresses, organic debris accumulates under the nail plate often discoloring it. Other infectious organisms may be involved, and if left untreated, the nail plate may separate from the nail bed and crumble off.
White spots (Leuconychia) can also appear as tiny spots that seem to grow from the cuticle toward the free edge and are usually the result of trauma to the matrix. This trauma can be an unnoticable bump or 'hit' to the matrix. The lunula (the white area at the cuticle referred to as the 'moon') is the leading edge of the matrix where the nail plate cells are 'born'. If it is Leuconychia, it will grow out with the nail plate and they are nothing to be overly concerned with. For a picture of both these disorders, you can visit my website: <A HREF="http://www.hooked-on-nails.com." TARGET=_blank>www.hooked-on-nails.com.</A> Click on Nail Disorders.<p>[This message has been edited by Marti (edited 02-19-2001).]