Medication is not your only treatment option if you have hemorrhoids. A natural external hemorrhoid treatment can be very effective in easing the discomforts caused by this condition. Hemorrhoids, also commonly referred to as piles, are a subject that many people do not want to address.

Some find it to be a major source of shame and embarrassment. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you have piles, you are not alone. A person's chances of developing this condition increase with age. According to Mayo Clinic, roughly 50 percent of all American men and women will have hemorrhoids by their 50th birthday.

What are External Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids or piles is a condition characterized by the inflammation and swelling of blood vessels in the rectum. The swapping can stretch out the walls of the veins making them thin and irritated when a person passes a bowel movement. According to WebMD, there are two classifications of hemorrhoids. There are internal and external hemorroids.

Internal hemorrhoids occur deep inside the rectum and can not be seen or felt. External piles occurs along the anus and can be extremely painful and can cause bleeding in the anus. If you are experiencing this, have it checked out by your doctor. Anal bleeding can be an indication of a more serious medical condition such as colorectal cancer.

Home Treatment of Piles
You can do a few things at home to relate the itching and burning that is often associated with hemorrhoids. A sitz bath can be an effective external hemorrhoid treatment.

Run just enough warm water into your bathtub to cover the anal area. Make sure the water is not too hot so that you will not burn yourself. Then get into the tub and relax. Stay in there for about 15 minutes. This method works best if you do it several times a day, especially after you have had a bowel movement.

Bed rest is also effective for relieving the pressure piles causes to the anal area.

Garlic Treatment
Garlic can also be an effective external hemorrhoid treatment. Garlic contains healing properties which can reduce inflammation and make the veins stronger as well as destroy bacteria.

Remove the thin outer layer of skin from the garlic and then place it inside of the rectum. You do not have to worry about removing it because it will be eliminated the next day when you use the bathroom. This method is only recommended for hemorrhoids that are not bleeding.