I am starting prednisone and methotrexate soon I have had alopecia universalis since 2003 on my 51st birthday - and during all these years I was under a certain health plan. When my hair first fell out I was sent to Vera Price at UCSF SF. Her only advice to me was "buy some rogaine". All these years, even though my eosinophils and platelets were high none of the doctors I saw treated my alopecia or my elevated eosinophils and platelets. This January, I changed to another health plan. They immediately gave me all sorts of blood tests/scans/mri/pet scan. They found that I have an autoimmune condition called Giant Cell Arteritis (my subclavian arteries are blocked). I have had this condition "for a while".......probably when my hair fell out and I became gravely ill back in 2003 â€“ they also found numerous food allergies (which I have now stopped eating). When your hair falls out - doctors tend to look at it like a "skin" condition sending you to a dermatologist - when in reality (as I always knew) it was something inside my body happening. I knew it because my eosinophils and platelets were always high, but as I said my old doctors just never did anything about it. I had just thrown on my wig for years and lived my life and tried to stay as healthy as I could because the numerous doctors that I went to under that plan all said I was perfectly fine and that hair loss is not areally big deal (to them that is). So I am on the road to health to heal my arteries and my body and the bonus is that I could get my hair back too!!! My rheumatologist is starting me on prednisone soon and has mentioned methotrexate. I donâ€™t really like to have to go on these medications (I have had a bone scan also before I start this treatment) but I have to cure the autoimmune condition.