I totally agree with you Daniel. During intimacy--especially when someone performs cunnilingus or fellatio on their partner--there is an extreme amount of "lip licking" and or lip wetting with saliva and other fluids. My mind has been severely boggled by this condition.
I am still sold on longterm's theory of problematic salivary glands. Either they are inactive, overactive, infected, inflamed, or being attacked by some autoimmune issue.
I have been oil pulling for weeks now and the buildup that grows on my lips looks like it is trying to interface or fuse itself with the underlying mucosa. When I was younger I remember that my lower lip used to split a lot because it used to be so dry. But, what I remember was that I used to bleed when my mucosa was exposed. The split would feel like a knife slice. I'm into knives so, I know what getting sliced feels like. When my buildup splits now, I don't bleed but the mucosa part of my lip is exposed like when I didn't have EC. Does that make sense to anyone?
Also, when I didn't have EC I used to suffer a lot from dry, chapped lips. I used to have moments of flare ups where my lips would be so red, itchy and burning that people thought I had red lipstick on. There were times when I had a red ring of dry irritation around my lips where the lips end around the mouth. I remember that the only thing that used to provide instant relief was Blistex Medicated Ointment.
When I used it the day I got EC the skin on my lips turned into like some white pus. I will never forget the first day I was thrown into this hell. I went to brush my teeth to get ready for high school. When I finished, I saw myself in the mirror and the skin on my lips were bright white, almost looked like white mold. I showed my father and he offered his opinion. It all seems like some horrible dream now.
I have to admit that my condition has improved greatly since I first got EC but, I've had this thing for 19 years now. It started back in 1994! Life just hasn't been life for me. :-(
I am actually facing this thing head on. I suffer from incredible embarrassment at my job every single day because of this but, I'm tired of running away from it. I need to end this... somehow, because I want... no... I NEED to have my normal life back.