Calcium deposits in fingernails

Calcium Deposits in Joints

Calcification, building up of insoluble calcium salts in your joints leads to severe joint pain, degeneration of the joint and restricted movement of the joint. Although joint pain due to calcium deposition is common, calcium can get deposited in arteries, kidneys, heart valves, nerve sheaths, gallbladder (as stones), glands, eyes, skin, arterial walls, middle ear, and even in the brain. Calcium settling in and around the joints gives rise to arthritis. Accumulation of calcium crystals around the joint can cause sudden attacks of inflammation and pain. 'Cartilage calcification' is also known as 'chondrocalcinosis'.

calcium deposits in fingernails
Do fingernails have calcium? -

Yes, fingernails come from our human body. Our fingernails are made of the same material known as keratin, which is in animal hooves and horns. Now if these animal hooves or horns are eaten, they are digested. So yes, our fingernails are easily digestible.

How To Get Rid Of It?

Majority of people sometime or other in their life may have come across tiny white spots on their fingernails. Most of them believe these white spots are calcium deposits which might be an indication that they have calcium deficiency in their body. However, it is a myth as the white deposits are not deposits of calcium.

In fact these white spots are sign of past injury to the matrix or the base of nail.

The injury is minor and a person may not even recollect that he had banged his fingernail to any object while doing some work. Medical fraternity terms this condition as Leukonychia. It can occur in one fingernail or many at the same time. Calcium deposits of such type take six or seven weeks to appear after the nail is hurt. Usually the spots do not appear on toenails.

Calcium deposits on fingernails are not harmful and they do not stay long. White spots on nail will go away as the nail grows. However, since calcium is necessary for strong bones and nails, lack of this mineral makes the nail weak and thus slightest force can lead to white spots.

What Causes Calcium Deposits On Fingernails?

  • The white deposits on nail can be horizontal or vertical. The most common cause of white spots on nail is traumatic injury to the nail matrix or nail bed. Even a minor injury to nail can precipitate calcium deposits after few weeks, although, the person may not remember when he had hurt his fingernail while doing some regular daily work.
  • In some cases manicure can be the cause. Slightest pressure on nail bed can start the event in silence which may be visible after six to seven weeks. In such cases, there is possibility that a person is lacking calcium which makes the nail fragile.
  • White spots on nail can also be caused due to allergy to nail polish. It can also be a sign left after the nail infection has healed.
  • White spots on nail are more common when the nail is weak. Thus any minor trauma to the weak fingernail in such case can lead to white spots. Therefore intake of calcium will help to make the nail stronger so that the nail can sustain such injuries.

How To Get Rid Of Calcium Deposits On Fingernails?

Calcium deposit on nail is not dangerous to health; however some people may not like its appearance. White spots eventually go away as the nail grows. But if the spots occur frequently, there is something that needs to be done to get rid of them. Here are natural measures that are effective in dealing with calcium deposits on fingernails.

  • If you are facing this problem on and off, make sure that your diet consists enough calcium containing foods. Milk is one of the easiest sources of calcium. Drink one glass of milk in the morning and at night. Besides this, other dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt also contain enough calcium to overcome its deficiency. Calcium is also present in fish, eggs and vegetables. Eat these foods liberally.
  • Besides strengthening your nails, including calcium containing foods in your diet will also keep your bones and teeth strong.
  • For proper absorption of calcium, we need vitamin D. This vital vitamin is freely available from sunlight. You should remain exposed to sunlight at least for half an hour daily.
  • Excessive salt is known to flush off more calcium from the body. Therefore limit salt intake in your diet. Avoid eating packaged food. Also avoid adding additional salt to your food.

Once you are certain that you are not lacking calcium in your body, there is less possibility of white spots on your fingernails. They are strong enough to withstand minor trauma.

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What are Calcium Deposits? (with pictures)
Post 10

My calcium deposits are Located on the vulva (around my vagina). The doctor removed several recently (very painful). Suggestions for what I can do to make the incisions heal quicker?

Post 9

What causes calcium deposits on your vocal cords?

Post 8

I agree with malmal. It seems calcium deposits are built up due to having too much. I have two in between my nose and the inside of my eye.

Post 7

I had calcium deposits and then was found to be vitamin d deficient. I was prescribed 50,000 iu of vitamin d2 twice a week. After two weeks the calcium deposits disappeared. I was shocked. Some had been there for years and they are just gone. I can't be sure the d2 caused it but I'm not taking anything else and all five deposits gone at the same time seems too coincidental. Kind of interesting.

Post 6

Can a person get calcium deposits on fingernails?

I had synthetic nails and a few of my nails were slightly damaged near the cuticle as they were taken off. At least that's what I think happened. It looks like a bump at the cuticle and it goes all across the bottom of my cuticle. a few other nails have it too, but not all. Can you help me please? I wash my hands a lot. I was hoping it isn't nail fungi. It isn't discolored just a slight white near the base. Please help me. --L.G.

Post 5

@gimbell - I'm not sure if your doctor already mentioned this or what, so I figured I would bring it up. Did you know that some people believe that arthritis is caused by calcium deposits?

From what I've read about the subject, calcium deposits in tendons grow large enough to make moving your hands or, in your case, feet, painful. It supposedly also weakens the muscle tendons themselves, and causes that familiar inflammation that arthritis is known for.

I know not everybody who has arthritis has calcium deposits, but maybe they just haven't had enough calcification for the deposits to form.

Just food for thought. Good to hear you've recovered from your own calcium heel problem and are back to walking!

Post 4

Boy do I hate calcium deposits. Let me tell you, if you think calcium deposits are bad by themselves, try arthritis and calcium deposits -- it's miserable! I had calcium deposits on both feet around the heel bones for awhile, and just walking around each day was an ordeal. I finally got surgery to have th calcium deposits removed, though, and thankfully it seems they're not going to return.

Post 3

@Malka - If your sister went to a chiropractor, and they took x-rays of her back and spine around the shoulder area, they would notice any calcium deposits in shoulder bones in the x-rays. Since calcium deposits are made of something similar to our bones, I'll bet they show up on x-rays.

Post 2

Hey, is it possible that what you think is a chiropractic type of problem might actually be caused by a calcium deposit? My sister has lots of pain and discomfort in her shoulders that just seems to have started up a year or so ago with no apparent reason for doing so. Is it possible for calcium deposits in shoulder bones to cause shoulder and back pain that won't go away? I mean, she tries to take her vitamins, but I wouldn't be surprised if she's calcium deficient, so it's a possibility, right?

Post 1

Wait, so to prevent forming calcium deposits and to avoid needing surgeries for removing calcium deposits, you should take more calcium, not less? That doesn't make sense to me. That, and that if you are calcium deficient it can increase the risk of calcium deposits forming. Why not the other way around?

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