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

Explanation

• 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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