Home Remedies to Treat White Spots on Nails
Ever wondered what those tiny little white spots on your fingernails are? No, they’re not a sign of calcium deficiency and they’re definitely not a cause of too much worry. Known as ‘leukonychia’, the spots usually occur for no specific reason, though sometimes it can be due to an injury to the base (matrix) of the nails or an allergic reaction to nail products. Many a times, the injury might have been forgotten by the time the spots show up, sending one into panic. Worry not, white spots are temporary and will grow out with nail growth. If you’re too bothered by these white spots, they can easily be treated by using some of these home remedies:
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an excellent antiseptic and is often used to treat cuts and wounds. It works particularly great on fungal problems and infections, especially on nails. Because of its mild nature, using tea tree oil is harmless and yet, perfectly effective. The best way to treat your nails is using a mixture of tea tree oil and olive oil or thyme oil. Gently apply it on the nails with a cotton swab and leave it for twelve to fifteen minutes. If the white spots are the sign of an underlying infection, the application of tea tree oil will heal it well.
Of its many properties, baking soda is an excellent healer. It is often used in many home treatments and is an excellent cleaner as well. For treating white spots, just prepare a concoction using ½ cup baking soda, ¼ cup peroxide, ½ cup Epsom salts and mix that with 4 cups of hot water. Once the solution is mixed, pour out ¼ cup vinegar and dip your fingertips in the vinegar for about a minute. Mix the concoction with the vinegar, and using cotton, dab some solution over your nails. Wrap the nails with a soft bandage or a cloth and repeat the process regularly for about four weeks. You can store the mixture in a glass jar or bottle, and keep it in a cool, preferably dark, spot of the house.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar makes for an excellent home remedy to treat a variety of ailments. To remove white spots from your fingernails, just mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with distilled or boiled and cooled water. Store this solution in a non-abrasive bottle and using a cotton swab, dab it over the affected fingernail spots. With regular usage, the spots will disappear eventually. Alternately, this mixture will also work as an anti-fungal scrub with the addition of rice flour. For making the scrub, make a mixture with two parts of rice flour to one part apple cider vinegar and apply. The scrub is excellent for removing dead skin cells and keeping nails shiny and bright.
Citrus essentials are great healers and applying orange oil directly on the white spots will be an excellent home remedy. Using a dropper or a cotton bud, apply a few drops on the spots and let it sit for about an hour at the very least. The orange oil does not need to be washed off, but in case you plan to work or use your hands, just wipe them off with a soft cloth. A mixture using equal amounts of orange oil with other essential oils such as lavender can also be used, though it is advised to test the oil on a small part of the skin before usage. This will help to understand if your skin is prone to irritation or susceptible to an allergic reaction.
While these are simple home treatments that might aid in removing stubborn white spots, it is important to remember that these may also be an underlying symptom of a disease, thus it is best to consult a doctor. Another point to note is eating protein-rich food like fish, chicken, eggs, chickpeas, cottage cheese, nuts, milk, and lentils are a prerequisite for healthy nails. Remember to keep hydrated as dehydration affects nails diversely. And as clichéd as it may sound, regular manicure and pedicure, and natural nail treatments are needed for healthy, pretty-looking nails.
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