I strongly believe that EC is an infection. As I started cleaning my mouth with mouthwash and proper hygine my lips got better. Also my lips are swollen and form white gooey stuff when I wake up maybe because the infection feeds on lips when you are asleep?
After I remove the hard dead skin on my lips, they get better. So the more hard skin is on your lips the worse they condition gets, as the infection feeds on the dead skin? thats just my theory
However I saw alot of improvements with anticeptic alcohol free mouthwash and leaving them alone to the point when they naturally come off in the shower. My lips have never been this much better!
I took an Antibiotic but had to stop because it was making my fever worse, but will get on it again!