I think White Shark has some good points. Try to eliminate any possible allergen and see if the inflammation subsides.
How old were you when you got EC? 25
- How old are you now? 32
- How long is the longest period it disappeared for, if at all? 2 weeks
- Have you found any way to minimize the impact that EC has, even if not preventing it from forming? Moisturizing and gently peeling when the skin comes off easily (without causing bleeding, pain, or redness i.e. more inflammation and invitation for staph infection)
- Would you objectively consider yourself to be someone dealing with anxiety (my son shows signs of anxiety, but is socially well put together, he enjoys people)? Yes
- If you deal with anxiety, did you deal with it prior to your EC? If by deal you mean become an alcoholic and pothead?
- What common treatments on the board have you tried? (vitamins, calendula, compresses, balms, diet changes, stress coping methods, increased water intake) Did they do anything? You can see my list at peelinglips.wikispaces.com/Treatments
- Do you have a known immunodeficiency? No, tested negative on ANA test
- What percentage of people seem to "grow out of" EC? 0.1%?
- Have you had panels done to test for deficiencies or infections? peelinglips.wikispaces.com/Diagnoses+and+Microscopic+Images
- Are there any studies that are available that are done over a large set of patients with EC? All I've seen are individual studies. No, but there is a 2011 New Zealand study that analyzes the studies http://peelinglips.wikispaces.com/Medical+Literature
- Are there any specialists that see EC on a regular basis? It seems most derms are baffled by this. If they are, they aren't publishing research about it. Most derms say they've seen it but someone speak up if your derm has seen a chronic case of it cured with ointments.