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White lines across fingernails?

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twentypence Tue 26-Aug-08 19:32:29

Yesterday I noticed that I have white lines across 8 fingernails (not thumbs) about 2mm up from the bottom.

I've been ill for over 2 weeks now - are these related to poor health?

BecauseImWorthIt Tue 26-Aug-08 19:34:16

I believe it indicates lack of zinc in your diet (but not sure if that's an urban myth!)

biglips Tue 26-Aug-08 19:35:08

i thought it was lack of calcium??

(im unsure)

twentypence Tue 26-Aug-08 19:39:29

Lack of zinc may explain why I'm not getting better?

biglips Tue 26-Aug-08 19:42:01

have u googled it? to see which is which?

twentypence Wed 27-Aug-08 01:48:54

I bought a multi vitamin with both in to be on the safe side! I now probably will have expensive wee and still have lines on my fingernails, but the only other thing a quick google turned up was mercury poisoning. I did have a filling removed two or three weeks ago - which would fit with the position of the white line on the nails.

biglips Thu 28-Aug-08 14:56:32

can u get it checked out? as just in case?

im just bumping this for you smile

SaintGeorge Thu 28-Aug-08 15:02:07

It can be so many different things.

Most probably an iron or zinc deficiency but best to have it checked out as there are plenty of other possibilities too.

SmallShips Thu 28-Aug-08 19:13:51

I heard you get the lines across the nails when you are run down/recovering from illness.

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