The nurse is providing instructions to a patient with hemorrhoids. The nurse should recommend which of the following?

"Apply cold packs to the rectal area."
"Increase fiber intake."
"Increase fluid intake."
"Sit on a pillow if you work at a desk for long periods of time."


• The patient should increase fiber and fluid intake to promote defecation without straining

• Cold packs can be applied to the rectal area to relieve discomfort and inflammation

• Sitting on a pillow can relieve pressure if sitting for long periods is necessary

• Daily laxative use can lead to dependency and is not a good long term option

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