Hi everyone...I have been diagnosed today with diffuse alopecia areata. My dermatologist had seen many, many cases of alopecia areata but never in his whole career has he seen a case or "rare" diffuse alopecia areata. He did a biopsy today to confirm his diagnosis and results should be in soon. I seem to have all the symptoms for a.a. : longitudinal ridging in one of my fingernails, burning/itching/pricking pain in scalp, very diffuse hair loss...even new hairs that are growing are falling out before they even get long enough to cut...and I have above shoulder length hair! Seems as though I lose only about 150 hairs a day but very VERY few regrowing, and the ones that DO fall out fairly quickly. I have very little hair left and am about to start wig shopping. Is devastating but have to face reality. So, the weird thing is that most of the hairs that fall out are telogen hairs but one or two a day that fall out are exclamation point hairs....long ones (not short as seen with patchy a.a.)...I guess I want to know if anyone else out there has been diagnosed with diffuse alopecia areata and what that looks like both in active disease and if there is any recovery of hair. My current derm says I will not go bald...but I think he is wrong...I am ALMOST bald already and not much is regrowing at all....and he said himself he knows very little about diffuse alopecia areata and has never had a case in his whole long career. I am just sure he is not correct because I am heading to baldness fast. OK, maybe not complete baldness, but if I have 300 hairs on my head in 6 months I may not be technically bald but I might as well be! My hair loss has been going on for 2 years now and is pretty much almost gone. Have lost eyebrows and eyelashes in last few months too. Any comments I would appreciate. Am going to try lavander and rosemary essential oils as soon as my biopsy stitches removed. Thanks in advance for any advice or experience you can share.