That's the exact uncertainty that made me completely determined to beat EC. I couldn't bear to think about all the people that I had read about that have had it for years. It really messed my mind up too- it is an extremely depressing condition. The uncertainty is unbearable. But-I am sure that you can get better, it just might take time. Keep leaving them alone, eat well, and try to stay positive (sorry for the cheesy talk but, it's true.) This is not a chronic condition, in my opinion. It's a condition that happened in direct response to something, in my case overuse of lip balm. I believe it is cureable. But like any medical condition, some cases are worse than others, and therefore may take longer to heal.