Fever blisters can occur following surgery. Post-operation cold sores can be aggressive and last longer in some cases.
The surgery can trigger the herpes simplex virus due to the related immune health implications. When your body attempts to recover from surgery, it has less capacity to fight off other health-related issues.
Although the severity of the surgery is a deciding factor, any medical procedure can potentially be problematic. This is especially true if your health is in a poor state before your operation.
In this guide, you’ll learn about why you’re more likely to experience an HSV-1 outbreak and how to boost your immune health. We’ll also recommend a way to treat cold sores at home and heal in as little as 72 hours.
Oral surgery, whether dental treatment or otherwise, can make you more vulnerable to HSV-1. This is due in part to the irritation caused by surgery, in addition to how your body responds to recovery. If you’re tired and run down, you’re much more vulnerable to infection.
The problem is two-fold:
Although some surgical procedures are more invasive than others, any form of surgery has the potential to trigger a cold sore. When the body is compromised, even for your own good, your immune system pays the price. This is important to understand if you find that you have a fever blister just days after your procedure.
Any surgery that involves the face is problematic. Because HSV-1 is primarily transferred to the lips or mouth, although other cold sore complications can occur, surgical proximity can play a role. The closer procedure is (or was) to your face the higher the risk of an outbreak. This is one of the reasons why dental surgery can be problematic for HSV-1 carriers.
Noted below are just a few types of medical procedures that can either irritate the mouth and tax the body.
If you have HSV-1 in your system, a major surgery could lead to an outbreak. Major surgery depletes your immune system and is left fighting many battles with more ailments that it can currently handle.
From heart surgery, a hysterectomy, chemotherapy, colon surgery, back surgery, dental work, etc., operations will tax the body. If you are bedridden for days or even weeks, HSV-1 can take hold. This is especially true if your surgery is related to a severe medical issue, such as cancer-related chemotherapy, for example.
Due to your immune system being weakened, blister outbreaks could be worse than before. Your cold sores could also take more time to heal. You also need to be careful not to spread the herpes simplex virus to other areas through touch.
While standard OTC medications can treat your cold sores, your primary goal is to help your body to recover. If a surgical procedure has triggered your blisters, you must recover and heal. A quality supplement, such as Herp Rescue Immune Support Formula can be helpful.
Once your body has returned to a healthy state, you can treat your blisters directly. When your body is healthy enough to fight your outbreak, an OTC med will be more effective.
While people dismiss cold sores as minor, most outbreaks clear up in 2 weeks due to your immune health. Outbreaks are only a “breeze” because you’re in good general health. When your health is compromised, cold sores can become a chronic problem.
Unless you’re having oral surgery or a complicated medical procedure, active cold sores are rarely a reason to postpone surgery. The only core concern would be the presence of fever. If your body temperature becomes high, then postponement becomes a real possibility.
If you are worried about your surgery, contact your doctor. At that time he or she will inform you if postponing your procedure is warranted. However, you should likely expect your surgery to proceed.
Surgery can be a cold sore trigger. While more complicated than other causes, surgery (especially oral surgery) has the potential to spread the virus and compromise your body’s ability to defend itself. You’ll likely recover more slowly if you experience an outbreak after your operation.
Learning how to cope with fever blisters after surgery is essential. Although faster cold sore healing is the goal, your body’ recovery should always be the priority. Get plenty of rest, avoid stress, eat healthy foods, and drink plenty of water.
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