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