Medically, the small white marks that sometimes appear as dots or lines on the finger and toenails are called leukonychia. They are usually benign and are due to an injury, an allergy or a vitamin deficiency. For the most part, you can treat white spots at home with various herbal remedies. If white spots are not cleared, see a doctor for evaluation. In rare cases, white spots on nails may indicate underlying medical problems.
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[ Edit ] Using home remedies
- Moisten your nails daily. Make sure you apply a moisturizer to your nails in addition to your hands. Rub a nourishing hand oil or Vitamin E oil on your nails every night before going to bed. This can help your nails stay strong and healthy and can reduce the appearance of white dots. 
- Try essential oils. Essential oils have been known to heal white spots caused by damage to the nail or nail fungus. Tea tree oil and orange oil usually work best. Mix a few drops of your essential oils with a carrier oil such as olive oil and then rub the oil on your nails. Orange oil should be soaked for about 45 minutes while tea tree oil should soak for about 15 to 20 minutes. 
- Always rinse and wash the nails after applying the oils.
- Soak your nails in white vinegar and water. Mix some white vinegar with some water in a bowl. Dip the nails in the bowl. Soak them for 10 minutes and then rinse and dry the nails. Do this about four times a week and you may begin to see a reduction in white spots. 
- If you have sensitive skin, use a higher water to vinegar ratio.
- Rub lemon slices on the nails. Lemon has a lot of vitamin C and a lack of this vitamin sometimes causes white spots on the nails. To use lemons, simply cut a lemon in half and rub the slice on the nails. Leave the juice on for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing and drying the nails. 
- Soak your nails in unsweetened yogurt. Natural, unsweetened yogurt without added flavors can enhance nail health and potentially reduce the appearance of white spots. Put about three tablespoons of yogurt in a bowl and dip the nails in the bowl for 10 to 15 minutes. When done, rinse your nails in warm water. 
- You can also add a few drops of lemon juice or vitamin E oil to the yogurt
- Use alka seltzer tablets. Alka seltzer tablets have been known to reduce white spots for some. Drop a couple of tablets in warm water and soak your nails in the water for five minutes. 
- Let them grow out. For the most part, patience is the key to getting rid of white spots on the nails. White spots usually disappear or grow out on their own over time. While you can take steps to speed up the process, sometimes you just have to wait. 
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- Change your diet. Deficiencies in zinc, vitamin C, calcium and protein can sometimes cause white dots on nails. Increasing your intake of these vitamins and minerals can help reduce stains. 
- Eat fruits like oranges, lemon, grapefruit and apples for added vitamin C
- Broccoli, cabbage, kale, turnips, poultry, fish and nuts also provide the nutrients needed for nail health.
- You can also try taking a multivitamin, which you can buy in any grocery store or pharmacy. This can help if you have food sensitivity that prevents you from getting nutrients directly from the food.
- Avoid biting and picking at the nails. You can actually damage your own nails through bad habits like picking and biting. If you are prone to fiddling with your nails, stop doing it. With less picking and biting, you can see a reduction in white spots. 
- If you have trouble not picking or biting your nails, you can try bandages over the nails. . Painting your nails can also help, because you may not want to ruin newly painted nails.
- Adjust your shoes. If your toenails also tend to get white spots, change the shoes you wear. Narrow, uncomfortable shoes can damage toenails and cause white spots. Change the shoes you usually use for more spacious, more comfortable varieties and see if you notice a reduction in white spots. 
- This is especially important if you participate in activities such as running, jogging or other vigorous exercise. Comfortable tennis shoes are essential for your nail health.
- Wear gloves when cleaning. Never do things like dishes, dust or other household chores with bare hands. While such activities may not seem taxing, they can actually damage and dry your nails. For optimal nail health, invest in a pair of rubber gloves for use in cleaning. 
- Don't paint your nails too often. If you paint your nails regularly, try not to paint them two days in a row. Nail polish can dry out and damage nails, which can cause problems such as stains. You should also pay attention to how the nails react to polishing. If you tend to get stains after using a certain polish, you may have an allergy that causes that reaction. Stop using polishes immediately. 
- Also minimize manicure. Try to get a professional manicure only on special occasions if you are prone to white spots.
[ Edit ] Seeking medical care
- See a doctor for white spots that do not go away. If your nail spots do not go away with a home treatment, make an appointment to see your doctor. Although white spots on nails are usually not harmful, it can sometimes indicate underlying problems such as anemia or liver problems.  If you have nail fungus, you may also need prescription drugs.
- Take oral antifungal drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If your doctor diagnoses a fungal infection as the cause of your white spots, they may give you a prescription for an oral antifungal medication. Usually these drugs are taken for 6 to 12 weeks and should eventually eliminate the symptoms of nailing fungus-induced stains. 
- Make sure you discuss any existing health problems you have before taking a fungal medicine. Anti-fungal medication can cause rashes or damage the liver.
- Try medicated nail polish or cream. A doctor may also prescribe an antifungal cream or polish that you apply to your nails. You usually apply the cream to your nails for a certain amount of time. This can range from a few weeks to up to a year. 
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- You can also use a neutral colored polish to cover white spots, if you wish.
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