Do you ever ask yourself, “Why do I have white spots on my fingernails?”

If you notice white spots or bands appearing on your fingernails, chances are you’re suffering from an extremely common nail condition known as leukonychia.1

Don’t worry – these white spots are typically harmless, and are most often the result of a mild injury.1 Because your nails take so long to grow, you may forget when or how you injured your nail(s) by the time white spots appear, or you may be completely unaware that you sustained a nail injury at all.1

Luckily, white spots on your fingernails typically don’t require treatment, and generally go away on their own within a few weeks or months of their first appearance (depending on how quickly your nails grow).1

If you’re worried about white spots on your nails, or you notice other spots or discoloration on your fingernails or toenails, you may want to consult your physician to obtain a proper diagnosis and/or recommended treatment plan.


1 – WebMD (2014). Color Changes in Nails – Topic Overview [Skin Problems & Treatment Health Center web post]. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from