A patient is being cared for by a home-health nurse. The patient has jaundice and is complaining of pruritus. Which of the following interventions can the patient implement to reduce pruritus?

Maintain a cool house temperature
Use tepid water for bathing

Explanation

• To reduce pruritus related to bile salt accumulation, the patient should keep his house cool, wear loose clothing, use tepid water for bathing, use mild soaps, and take antihistamines.

• Hot water, alkaline soaps, and tight clothing can irritate the skin, making pruritus worse.

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