In the past year I have been diagnosed with both Discoid Lupus as well as Spongiotic Dermatitis, both of these conditions have me feeling itchy most of the time. I also have Alopecia Aereta, although I have not had a bald spot in several years, but at one point in my mid to late 30's, I had lost so much hair that the only way that I could cover it up was to wear my hair in a ponytail, the hair has grown back each time that I have lost it. I am 45 years old and I have always had great skin that tans well. I have native american heritage. Along with the skin conditions, I have had months at a time of hot flashes and missed periods, I am pretty sure that I am beginning menapause, my mother was only 35 when she started. Could the hormonal fluctuations have anything to do with the presentation of these new autoimmune type diseases?