You might pay attention to your nails and keep them in good shape, but have you ever noticed THESE before? Or what they mean?
Manicures are no longer just for the rich and pampered.
If you pay attention to your nails, you might occasionally (or frequently) notice little white spots on your nail bed.
via: DiplyThey don't look like much, but they can often be a message from your body letting you know something's going on. It's usually no cause for alarm, but depending on the pattern, they can sometimes indicate a serious condition, so take a look and see how yours stack up.
They have several nicknames, including "kisses," "wishes," or even "gift spots."
via: WebMDIt's strange, but it seems that many different cultures have invented stories around them and why they appear. In Germany, for instance, people thought it was an indication of how long you'd live, while others in the country thought it was an indication that you were predisposed to lying.
Their medical name is leukonychia (hence the nicknames).
via: WikipediaThey don't go away quickly, and they're burdensome to many who get manicures. But where do they come from?
They're normally benign and often just indicate a sort of bruise on your nail bed.
via: InstagramIf you hit or pinch your finger, they can appear, then stick around for a month or longer. Some say it's the result of a nutritional deficiency, but there's little to back that up. Some people are genetically predisposed to getting these more than others, though. The spots don't really heal as much as they do just grow out with the nail, which is why they move and take so long to disappear.
They'll find their way out, but it takes time.Most of the time, the only thing you really need to deal with these is patience.
But they CAN indicate a more serious issue.
via: InstagramAnd it's hard to spot the difference between the benign ones and the bad ones.
But there are differences.
via: Dermatology JournalWhen they indicate something worse, they generally appear with double white lines running across the nail. Those are known as Muehrcke's lines. These spots do indicate malnutrition. They can also appear in the event of kidney or liver disease.
Then there are Lindsay's Nails, which are also called "half and half" nails.
via: Dermatology JournalThey show up as white on the bottom, but brown on the top. These are a strong indicator of kidney disease. ...and more...
Then there are Terry Nails, which look like Lindsay's Nails, but contain more white at the bottom, and only the tip of the nail is brown.
via: Dermatology JournalThese can be indicative of type 2 diabetes, HIV, and heart disease.
These are just indicators, and far from a diagnosis, but if you see anything troubling or unfamiliar on your fingertips or elsewhere, don't hesitate to reach out to a doctor to get an opinion.
via: FlickrEven if it's not serious, you'll feel better knowing for sure, right?