I think its normal to hydrate your lips with water ervery day but that is just me. when I say to drink water, I mean the normal way of drinking water when you get your lips wet when you drink the water. not drinking water carefully to avoid water touching your lips or using a straw. as I said this is not internal problem. I didn't know doctors advised to use a wet paper towel are you just making that up? if you are cured now how did you do it?