You Probably Shouldn't Worry About The White Lines On Your Nails

You Probably Shouldn't Worry About The White Lines On Your Nails

You've probably had them at some point in your life: the little white lines or dots on your nails. The good news is that in most cases they are totally benign. You may have heard myths that these lines mean you're deficient in zinc, or calcium, or whatever. Don't believe it. Those lines are probably nothing, but check out the video below to find out what causes them.

What Are Those Lines on My Nails?

Probably nothing.

5 Things Your Nails Can Say About Your Health

Your nails can tell you a lot.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    When nails start to grow differently or change color, it usually means there is something wrong with the nail matrix. (0:37)

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    Blue nails can also be a sign of Raynaud's disease. (2:06)

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    A black or brown streak in the nail could indicate a subungual melanoma. (3:00)

Why Women Paint Their Nails

Ever wonder about it?

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from Stuff Mom Never Told You - HowStuffWorks

Key Facts In This Video

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    In India, women have been temporarily dyeing their fingertips using henna since 5,000 B.C. (0:11)

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    In some 19th century etiquette guides women are encouraged to brighten their fingernails using a combination of lemon juice and vinegar. (1:22)

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    Even through the Great Depression, women would still save up to splurge on nail polish as it was seen as a small luxury. (2:02)

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