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EC Healing Journey (I'm new here)


Hey fellow EC sufferers!

This is my first time posting, but I've been lurking around here since July 2016. My condition initially started around June when I began noticing that the middle "triangle" of the upper lips were peeling. Thinking it was just dry lips, I didn’t care much about it and kept peeling and peeling away. That is, until around the second week of July, I jumped out of the shower one day and saw thin, white scales had appeared:

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Over the course of the month, my lips turned hideous. My derm. prescribed me a steroid ointment that did nothing. I had a lot of the exact same symptoms many of you have- lips turning white when wet, and a 4-5 day cycle of peeling lips quickly transforming from raw, red skin into thick yellow crusts. For about three months, I tried a lot of things including-
1. Supplements- B complex, zinc, iron
2. Steroids/Ointments like Protopic 0.1, Rinderon-VG
3. No-Gluten diet
4. Vaseline (couldn’t use aquaphor due to a lanolin allergy.
All of the above had none to minimal effects on my lips. This is how my lips usually looked like for the three months or so I had the condition:

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Worst stages:

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As you can see in the photos, my lips constantly kept fluctuating in severity, and the symptoms got a lot worse. I’m a high school student, so going to school was a f*ckin' nightmare. I had to wear a mask to school everyday, it was horrible
A little more than a month ago, I got a culture swab done on my lips, and they found a sh*t ton of bacteria- Strep, Staph, Candida, Klebsiella. My derm prescribed me a lot of antibacterial stuff: Itraconazole, Moxifloxacin, Faropenem and topical Gentamicin 0.1%. I also started using a homemade coconut oil, beeswax lip balm, and I began drinking probiotic pills. Over the course of two weeks, the majority of my lips gradually stopped crusting and peeling, and they wouldn't turn white when wet. I'm still having a bit of trouble with my inner lips, they still peel every so slightly, especially on my upper lips. Fortunately, I don't have that infamous "white line" anymore.

Photos from today:
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I don’t consider myself “cured” yet, I'm still currently consuming the moxifloxacin and itraconazole, but this antibacterial treatment has been working amazing for me so far. I understand EC has a lot of different causes, and I believe mine to have been the result of candida and other bacterial infections.
 

 
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