What Are White Spots And White Bands In Nails?
White spots in the nails is a feature of zinc deficiency and white bands signify protein deficiency characterized by abnormal appearance anywhere in one or more nails.
White spots and bands can appear separately or together in nails. There may be just one mark or many marks depending on the level of deficiency.
Q: What part of the nail is affected by zinc and/or protein deficiency?
A: Zinc and protein deficiencies affect the nail plate.
The nail plate is the hard keratin cover of the finger tip and toe tip, simply called “the nail.” The nail plate is produced by the living nail tissue at its base. Here is an illustration of the parts that make up a fingernail:
Nail Anatomy. .
A. Nail plate; B. lunula; C. root; D. sinus; E. matrix; F. nail bed; G. hyponychium; H. free margin. Courtesy Wikipedia.
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