White Nails or Nail Discoloration

Hands | Dermatology | White Nails or Nail Discoloration (Symptom)


Nail discoloration, in which the nails appear white, yellow, or greenish, can result from different infections and conditions of the skin.

In the first stage of manifestation this medical condition causes a small white spots or yellow under the nail. White superficial onychomycosis is an infection in the nail surface, is the second leading cause of nail infection and is also caused by dermatophytes. Signs and symptoms include: (1) White streaks or spots on the nail surface (2) Soft and brittle nails, flour, with chronic infection (3) Brown brittle nails, but not off the nail bed.

Other types of fungal nail infections are rare. Candidal onychomycosis occurs in up to 1% of fungal nail infections. Subunghiala proximal onychomycosis is also a 1% of fungal nail infections, although it is common in people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Nails are the protection for the nerves in the fingertips, while toenails protect toes against injuries. Part of the skin layer and are composed of a protein called keratin. A healthy blood reserves will create a peachy pink nail base.

If there is a deficiency or physical problem of the body, the discoloured nails of the hands can show us that. Diabetes, stress, allergies or simple conditions that can cause nail discoloration. The best way to ensure healthy nails is to eat a healthy diet.


Nail discoloration occurs in association with fungal nail infection, medical condition known in medical terms as onychomycosis. Once affected, the nails will turn a yellowish brown colour and lose their strength. Nail discoloration affects both men and women and is manifested both in the nails of the hands and the toenails.

Experts insist that nail discoloration often affects the toenails. This is due to too tight shoes and socks of synthetic materials. Fungal infections that lead to discoloration of nails, can be contacted in moist and warm areas such as public showers, public toilets, swimming pools, saunas, spa, but using intimate shared hygiene objects. ...