One thing I like to do throughout the day is drink loads of water. I feel weak when I can’t drink water and I get so dehydrated that I have to reapply my lip balm every few minutes to hide my dry lips. And worst of all, I get cold sores. Red mosquito bite-like thingies on my face (they always just attack the face don’t they, why oh why).

Anyway, so during the day, I’ve been getting red dots on my face due to dehydration. I chug down my throat bottles of water at night of course and drink until my tummy looks 5 months pregnant, but still I get the occasional cold sores. Can’t be helped, I guess, especially the combination of air conditioning blasting indoors and our scorching hot Jakarta weather outdoors.

Today, a big one on my upper lip.

Cold sore-2

Can’t really see how bad it is because of the sunlight and the phone resolution, but there’s a super red bump right there I swear.

I was conscious about it all day and would check the mirror every few minutes to see if it has gone down. Of course I keep thinking it has gotten even bigger each time.

Guess who’s having a field day about my cold sore? Oh, my mother, of course. The best guru of my life.

“Ma, do you notice it?” I looked at her and asked.

“Notice what? The super huge thing on your lip? Oh, it’s hardly noticeable,” followed by an evil chuckle.

And more of these kinds of remarks…

“Whoaaa Astry, what is that? I can’t look directly at it.”

“Push it back in, As. Push it back in.”

“Hey nak, I think your lipstick ran… Oh wait…”

And when I look at her, she goes, “WHOAAA, that’s scary!” 


Well, she asked me to go and see doctor. Since I don’t trust doctor. So, my intelligent brain asked me to googled and found a decent number of home remedies for cold sores that may ease discomfort, and help diminish their appearance.

1. Get milk

Putting a whole milk compress on your sore can help speed up the healing, and ease pain. The reason? Milk contains proteins (I’m not sure what is called), which are essentially anti-bodies that fight off and prevent viruses-like herpes. It also contains protein that helps inhibit the wicked work of an ammino acid, which has been shown to cause outbreaks, and may help speed up the healing process as well. In short to prevent outbreaks, drink whole milk. I mean fresh milk, not Milo. To help cold sores that have already erupted, make a whole milk compress to soothe the pain and fight off the virus.

You will need…

-1/2 cup to 1 cup of whole milk, plus a tablespoon or 2 extra

-cotton balls or cotton pads


Soak a cotton ball in approximately 1 tablespoon of milk, and apply it directly to the cold sore for several minutes. Before doing this you can either let the milk come to room temperature or, if you prefer, you can apply it cold. Use a clean towel moistened with water to dab off the milky residue at the end. If you feel you need it, apply a dab of petroleum jelly.



2. Grab some tea tree oil

The go-to for soothing minor skin irritations, tee tree oil can provide quick relief from the pain of a cold sore once it blisters. It also fights off bacteria that may be irritating the sore more, and may make it go away faster. Being so dependable, tea tree is often touted as being one of the best natural remedies for skin problems there is. The best way to benefit from it is to have a tea tree plant (yeaaa right, Astry). They’re not hard to come by, they’re hardy (I got one when I was five but I only found the benefit of it last year only. sigh) and best of all, they’re useful and inexpensive. If you cannot get a tea tree plant, find a good tea tree oil sold in stores.

You will need…
-1 tea tree plant OR ½ teaspoon of tea tree oil

Break off the end of one fleshy, succulent, leaf. Directly apply the oil to your sore. If you absolutely cannot come by a plant, dab a cotton swab in roughly ½ teaspoon tea tree oil and apply directly. Leave on.



Anyone know what else to do to get rid of cold sores?


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