Hi everyone. Have been reading the forums here and everyone here seems very knowledgable compared to the other forums I've found. Here is my situation: I am in my early 30's and just noticed yesterday for the first time a huge smooth bald spot on the top right side of my head in the middle. It's about 3 inches wide and maybe an inch to two high. I have been freaking out ever since. The spot is smooth with no redness or dryness or bumps. Completely huge smooth bald spot. I have naturally curly hair that has always been thin. I always shed a lot since I only wash my hair and scalp once a week and just rinse other days. In the last two months I did notice more hair coming from the root when I washed and detangled but thought nothing of it. Then boom ...all of a sudden this huge spot shows up. Also, I have suffered from eczema since I was a child all over. I've had it on my face and scalp before and have had sebhorric dermatitis on my scalp and eyebrows before. Medication usually cleared that up but I've never had bald spots! Now I am freaking out b/c I am convinced that my arm hair is thinning now. I've always had bushy eyebrows and hairy arms but my bf says that my arms and eyebrows don't look any different. One thing is that in the last two months, I've had VERY itchy scalp and big hard flakes that come off of my head when I scratch and at night. Not dandruff like flakes. These are hard crusty big flakes. Don't know if this is related to the hair loss since the flaked appear to come from the back and bottom of my scalp not the sides. I've been on the phone all day trying to find a derm since I am new to this area and just moved here. I keep reading about people having ten million diagnostic tests it seems and I'm worried b/c I don't have a job here yet and only have a p/t home-based job at the moment and no insurance. I am terrified to comb out my hair for fear of finding more huge bald spots. In addition to a history of eczema, I also have asthma and hay fever which I heard is common in family backgrounds for people with Alopecia Areata. Any suggestions for me, please? TIA!