Ah, the dreaded white spot on your nail. You thought it would never come for you.
That fungal tap on the shoulder was for other people. Or so you thought.
Yet, here you are, avoiding eye contact with your nail for too long. Yep, I get a lot of emails about white spots on nails.
Now there's a few different causes; and a fungal nail infection is one of them.
"Shellac, shellac on the wall, where's the worst nails of them all?"
I say this to myself each morning before I start work.
I'm sick and tired of hearing a beautician's take on nail gel damage. It's like asking a circus owners opinion on dancing bears.
Shellac was everywhere a few years back. But of late, I've noticed a drop off in the miracle nail polish.
Is it a mini-rebellion against the damage that gel inflicts on your nails?
Now, I'm a Podiatrist, so this post is tailored to chalk-colored toenails.
But it also applies to the more common coated fingernails.
Your nail tissue is the same. The process is the same. The white spots and fungal nail infections are the same.
Now, call me an old stick in the mud, but I've never worn shellac gel.
But as a Podiatrist, I do know about foot pain and corns.
I see plenty of white chalky spots on toenails after removing polish.
(This is almost always after I've drilled away day-glo shellac)
I also witness the ensuing toenail fungus.
So, what are these white dots and spots? Are they serious? (No)
Are they a sign of something far more stubborn coming down the pipeline? (Possibly, yes)