hey healer, glad to see you're on the right path! First, I'd like to address your questions about showers. I think it's become the consensus that getting the lips wet isn't all that bad (pretty much inevitable when you shower) and also the steam and humidity seem to be beneficial to healing. I've got a couple questions for you if you don't mind. First, what exactly are you doing? Are you applying any ointments, lip balm, chapstick, etc.? There seems to be a lot of debate over whether or not these things help or hinder EC. Second, are you ABSOLUTELY sure that you have EC? It's pretty obvious if you do because so many people on here have the exact same symptoms (or at least very close). Thanks and good luck!