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   Posted 3/6/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
 anyone get white spots on their fingernails. I seem to get them when I am very sick and less so when I feel better. My grandmother had an old saying about what causes them but I can not recall. Perhaps they are brain cells falling away.
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   Posted 3/6/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
i used to get them quite often when i was younger...i think they can come from zinc deficency but i'm not 100% sure.

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   Posted 3/6/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I was always told that white spots were either calcium lack or an injury to the nail. I tend to believe the lack of nails have always looked like I get the expensive french tip manicure (clear with just the ends lined white)
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   Posted 3/6/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm, dont recall being rapped on the fingers but I do have a few spots and I have not had them for a long time. I guess I will have to ask the doc, at the risk of getting one of those , What the heck kind of question is that looks I get. Wish I could recall the old wives tale my grandmother had for this.
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   Posted 3/6/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
My parents used to tell me when I was a kid that they were from lying. They said that's how parents know their kids are lying to them.

It's funny the things parents come up with!

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12

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   Posted 3/6/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
They are either from a vitamin deficiency(I think calcium?) or if you bruise the tops of your nails. I was thinking you could get them from either one. I used to get them a lot when I was younger and more active.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
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   Posted 3/6/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
When I first started seeing GI doctors at age 15, the first thing they'd do at every appointment is inspect my finger nails and hair. They told me that they did that b/c the hair and nails reflected signs of vitamin deficiencies. I always get white splotches low or in the middle of my nails, never by the tops. I am calcium and vitamin d deficient.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.

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   Posted 3/6/2009 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Catpower you may be on the money there. Bar77, it cant be that because I still have some nail that is not white...
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   Posted 3/6/2009 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I was always taught that this was from a lack of zinc. I work with many people with many years experence in the nutritional field and have worked with many RD students who all seem to agree on this. I have a customer who is a food scientist, if I see him I will ask what he thinks.
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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Put me in with the other zinc deficiency people. I've often heard that's what causes white spots.

A few years ago, I had valley fever (something you can get from breathing in a soil fungus in Arizona). Every single fingernail and toenail had a ridge (actually, more like a trench, because it dipped down) that ran horizontally across the nail. Took a long time for them all to grow out. What causes that? A nutritional deficiency of some sort, or just my body screaming out because of yet another illness? I've never had my nails do that again.

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   Posted 3/7/2009 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
injury, vitamen deficency, and if they are mainly white check your liver
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   Posted 3/7/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I have calcium and D deficiency but I can't find a single white spot on any one of my fingers. Should I show my husband that as proof that I never lie not even about that sweater that isn't new, it has been in my closet for "months". So I'm going with the zinc deficiency.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

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   Posted 3/7/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
My friends and I always said that each white spot was a link to somebody who had a crush on you. I have to say I like this idea more than a deficiency of some kind, I seem to have a lot of those and not so many crushes.

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   Posted 3/7/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I go with the vitamin def
I have spots as well on fingers and that is what doc said

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   Posted 3/7/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
woohoo! zinc wins!! haha just kidding.

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   Posted 3/7/2009 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Go zinc yeah!

If you have trouble absorbing zinc, you can get some Zicam swabs that you rub in your nose. Some people have good success with that.
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