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Hibernating virus?

Around December 2015, I went to some kind of farm in the countryside and a few days later, I got this chapped, dry red ring around my lips, similar to this: https://www.google.co.id/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfielddermatology.com%2Fcaseofthemonth%2Fimages%2FLip-lickers-dermatitis-B-.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfielddermatology.com%2Fcaseofthemonth%2Fstudies%2Fl_2008_012.asp&docid=Ej5HF02ZROZdVM&tbnid=k9mnw_mYM0f_xM%3A&vet=10ahUKEwis-_Xhv4zaAhXFsY8KHZHMDEcQMwg_KAcwBw..i&w=580&h=387&safe=strict&bih=900&biw=1440&q=chapped%20ring%20around%20mouth&ved=0ahUKEwis-_Xhv4zaAhXFsY8KHZHMDEcQMwg_KAcwBw&iact=mrc&uact=8

A full year later, December '16, it was finally eradicated. This time period in which I got this was during the time when the North Wind blows, which in Chinese calendars, is at the end of the year. Fast forward one year later, December '17, I went to Hokkaido, and boom, there it was again. First, there was a cold sore, and my aunt, who is a pharmatologist, prescribed medications for me. Eventually, about at the start of March, it went away. Now, there is a red rash above my upper lip, which, I suspect, is due to my exposure to chlorine (4 times a week) in the swimming pool. I have been using many types of prescribed medication and lip balm, including:

1. Aciclovir tablets and ointment
2. Famciclovir
3. Burt's Bees lip balm - which was very effective in moisturizing my lips, but every night while I slept (which, there was no way I could've applied it), my lips would harden and form a crust by the next morning, and my mouth would feel clamped shut by an invisible mouth.
4. SebaMed lip balm - I have just started using SebaMed and I think it is helpful in moisturizing, however, it's not doing much other than that.
5. 马油 - horse oil ---- decently effective, assisted in curing the cold sore by moisturizing my lips while the aciclovir did its job.
6. Leimei Moisturizing Cream - This cream packs Vitamin E, which was very effective in healing my chapped lips and the cold sore. I feel that Vitamin E is what I need, as Burt's Bees lip balm (which also contained Vitamin E) was very effective against the rash and cold sore.

According to this link: https://www.livestrong.com/article/190261-how-to-make-shea-butter-lip-balm/, may I have some advice on whether to crush Vitamin E tablets and apply them onto my lips?

Also, I live in Indonesia, so getting quality medical supplies can be a challenge. My Burt's Bees lip balm was given to me by my aunt who lives in Australia, and was passed on to me during the Chinese New Year reunion. Is there any effective medical supplies in Indonesia that is easily accessible?

Additionally, could you please prescribe effective lip balm brands and moisturizing cream? For example, Carmex/Burt's Bees etc? This red rash seems to primarily come from my swimming training in the morning, however, there is the Easter holidays ahead of me (which means no swimming), and I aim to completely eradicate this rash during this period of time. Is there any medication you could prescribe?

Thank you very much.
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Forgive me for posting this as an answer; I have no idea how to edit your question. But, is there any chance that this is a hibernating virus, maybe Herpes Simplex Virus, as aciclovir worked fairly well. This is the second time I've had this problem, and both times it came in December. I know this may sound silly, but could this be the cause of a dormant virus/sleeper cell inside my body reactivating itself every two years?

Additionally, my aunt has written back and prescribed Clotrimazole and Hydrocortisone Cream, like the image in the link:

Would this cream be the one you would prescribe, and would it have the desired effect? Thanks.
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Do you have access to any medical providers that you can see?  It's important to get an idea of what the cause is before you treat, and the only way/best way to get a diagnosis is to have a medical provider get a bit more of your medical history and take a look at the issue.  
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As I said, I live in Indonesia, thus getting an experienced medical provider and quality medical supplies are a bit of a challenge. Therefore, usually, I turn to my aunt, who is an experienced doctor, for help. She said that it is a mild fungal infection, and prescribed Fucidin H for me. I hope that answers your question.
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Please research coconut oil (inexpensive), Manuka honey (expensive, but can be bought on Amazon)  and betadine ( cheap cost, affects fungus and bacteria) . Research these things. Do not buy unless your research compells you to do so. Your description seems as though there may be a fungal and/or bacteria issue. If nothing else, wash gently and moisturise often. It sounds like you don't have access to medical care and may be away from stores. Boil your water when cleaning, do not touch the area with your hands. Use an oil to protect the area. Make sure the oil is highly heated to disinfect.
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Yes, my aunt suspects that there is a mild fungal infection. And I think you have miscomprehended my location. I do have access to medical care and convenience stores, but as I live in the city centre of Jakarta (which is full of traffic jams 24/7), getting to these facilties may be troublesome. Thank you for your answer.

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