Hi, I just joined the list (and posted my story in the approprate place--thanks to those who wrote back!!!) i have newly diagnosed Alopecia Areata with a large bald patch in back plus diffuse thinning. After 2 1/2 months and 3 steroid injections I have had NO regrowth and the derm thinks I should try something different. (I'm still on 5% Rogaine which so far has only succeeded in growing hair on my FACE :x ) and topical steroids and just started Eladil. Luckily the shedding appears to be slowing, altough not stopped. 2nd line stuff includes sensitizers like anthralins, DCP (yes, Joann, I read your post VERY carefully!), squaric acid, etc. A derm near me says she's had some good success with squaric acid and I'm considering starting that. Any other suggestions?