Tiny brown spots

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Hi! I will include a picture as well, but I am confused and googling hasn't been helping much.

I have these tiny brown spots on my fingernails on my cuticles. It's on both hands and seemingly getting worse as time goes on. Friends have said I could be lacking B12, which has been a problem in the past, and that it could also be a sign of a kidney problem, which I have experienced as well. (Kidneys started to fail in 2016, but were able to heal on their own after I surgery I had)

No spots on my toes, just fingers. Posting my right hand because it's more apparent and easier to see for a photo.

Should I go in? Anyone else experience this?

(I am a young adult, female. I do have some other health issues. Stomach issues, some sort of nerve problem but not getting much help right now, headache/migraines..I can go into deal if needed.)

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    Hi MGJ, I will send you a link to an online publication discussing capillary abnormalities of the cuticles. The title is The Handheld Dermatoscope as a Nail-Fold Capillaroscopic Instrument (2003)

    It is painful to see you biting your nails to such an extreme degree. Nails are designed to protect the fingertips. If you cant control the nail-biting, you might also expose yourself to all sorts of infections by letting your fingertips come into contact with your mouth.

    I used to bite my nails as a child. To stop it, I had to force myself to leave the fingernails untouched for at least 5-7 days. For example by wearing wound plasters on my nails or by wearing light cotton gloves. The next step was to gently brush my nails with soap and water. And finally to smoothen the edge of all nails with a soft fine nail file. The edges of the nails have to feel smooth when you glide with your index finger over them. 

    Alternatively, you can talk to a nail expert. Some people have acrylic nails fitted to stop them fight the habit of nail-biting. 


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      I meant to help them fight the habit of nail-biting. 
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      I'll check the message, thank you!

      Also I don't bite them, I actually tear them. I have never been able to deal with long nails, anything over my actual finger tip, I don't like the feeling or even the look on myself. I've also torn fake nails off before because I can't deal with those either. Same with toe nails. I swear I actually can feel my nails grow some times so I tear them. I  have anxiety and other issues, I do try to stop sometimes but it's no bother. I've never had a problem or have had a doctor tell me any of my health concerns are due to that thankfully.

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    Deficiency of vitamin B-12, skin diseases, kidney issues and heart-related problems could be the causes for brown spots on nail. You should check with your physician or a skin specialist. And follow some tips below to remain safe:

    - Keep your nail clean and dry.

    - Avoid biting nails.

    - Eat foods with vitamin B, C.

    - Use moisturizer for your nails.

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    I am in the same situation as you. Did you ever figure out what it was?

    Thanks and Have a Great Day!!!


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