Have any of you, over the age of 40 (that last bit is important) developed Alopecia Universalis immediately? I mean, the hair loss began and it ALL fell out, and took a few ... minutes?? I started losing hair at age 49 - I am now 51 (million, it seems - pass the Extra-Strength, This-will-get-your-ass-out-of-bed vitamins :lol: ) My derm was blown by that; she said she had never seen a woman my age develop such severe alopecia - ever. She also assured me that I had an excellent prognosis for "reversal" of the condition. She said when she sees children with this, she feels so bad because children with Alopecia Areata can be like JoAnn - remission folowed by disease, followed by remission, etc. But what happened? I went from that appointment to losing all my hair, lashes, brows, body hair - within weeks. The only place I grew hair and kept growing hair was where she gave me injections. But I forgot that I am allergic to steroids - I get severe dermatitis from them - and not until I started scratching, getting rashes and hives did I remember this - so we had to stop the shots. But I never stopped growing hair where she did the injections. That time, I looked like a calico cat! I went into remission for 6 months with use of cyclosporin, but of course, had to stop that drug because it's so dangerous. We had hoped it had kicked me into a total remission, but noooooooo.... :evil: And the second time, I just started losing it all right away and went Alopecia Universalis like NOW. My scalp hair broke off at the scalp line - a total anagen effluvium. So gross. My arm hair spiked up off my skin, as did the leg hair. I shaved it all off, but oddly, I have stubbles on my legs and arms - but not my scalp. Smooth as a baby's behind, it is. So, has this happened to anyone else? Or am I just bizarre and maybe from the planet Pluto, and my parents found me under a glowing pumpkin? No, it can't be that, cuz I look terrible in tights and a cape, not me at all.