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Herpes can break out when the immune system is low and this happens every time the body is in stress, whether physical or mental. Surgery is a major stress on the body and this stress can lower immune system and cause herpes outbreak.
Since, herpes is a viral condition, it is self limiting. Nothing much needs to be done except for supportive treatment. If she is having pain then application of lidocaine gel and an anti inflammatory like Ibuprofen 200 mg thrice a day will be sufficient.
Do make mention of this to her doctor over the phone and ask him/her if a visit is required for nerve membrane stabilizers like Gabapentin or Pregabalin which provide very effective pain relief in herpetic sores.
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A severe outbreak that is progressing needs acyclovir.
This will limit the outbreak.
Her doctor needs to prescribe this.
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