Okay so im moving to south america in may.
Does anyone know of someone being cured by only a change in the climate?
I hope the weather down there will heal my lips alot faster.
And they also have plenty of natural herb medicines down there, so if you know of any that may be able to help the condition please let me know.
I was in the tropics for two weeks last year and during that time my lips looked almost normal. They still peeled, but it was thinner and you couldn't really see it unless you looked closely. I think the humidity in the air helps to moisturize. More moisture = more normal looking from my experience. Good luck and let us know what happens!
I spent 6 months down there with this condition, and found only slight improvement, half the time I was in the country working on farms, and half the time in big cities. It was hard to eat a diet like montrealhomegrown's down there, but the health food industry and organic movement is slowly growing.
The Brazilians who commented on my condition suggested cocoa butter, which they have plenty of down there. I was at the edge of the Amazon (in the city of Belem) asking a guy in a marketplace about his natural medicines, which were all in colored tincture bottles. He basically tried to sell me natural v!agra and not knowing if he was for real I didn't get anything. Also, lest we forget the Brazilians doctors who claimed that Brazilian calendula oficianalis cured a guy (but their before and after photos were photoshopped).
I'm going to a humid part of Brazil in June and will stay for several months. Of course I'll keep y'all posted if there's progress.
Just to be more precise, I once emailed the author of that article on Calendula treatment for EC.
They used an ointment based on European plants which was grown in Europe, apparently. I was baffled by this, since in their article it is implied that they used the Brazilian one.
The Calendula officinalis sp. that they recommend to use, should be grown in the Brazilian climate. They suspect, but are not sure, that certain properties of normal Calendula cream are enhanced by growing it in this climate.
Below, you can see the email she sent me (24-9-2010):
Thank you for writing. You know, I received many e-mails and a letter asking about the use of topical calendula. The Calendula you used has the same effect because Brazilian pharamcy has to use the European although it is mentioned
that they may have different action.
I am glad you that it had helped you even a little. Continue the use, seek for other possible causes like stress, biting. Let me know if I can help anyway. If the calendula was different I would sent it to you.
I accept your lips' pictures, if you want to send.
Thanks, Michel84. I was basing my statement on the email exchange David at his blog: exfoliativecheilitis [dot] blogspot [dot] com
That Janete is so responsive to emails and considers stress as a factor almost makes me forgive the photoshopped pictures. Two years ago I grew my own calendula flowers and made my own olive oil tincture, which although it was no cure, was one of the best topicals I ever used.