Are you experiencing dark orange urine?
Urine may be considered bodily waste, but an irregular color of this by-product, such as dark orange urine, can provide telling clues towards one’s health. Dark orange urine can by a symptom of hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that causes liver damage. In other cases, off-color urine may simply be a reflection of what you ate that day.
The following conditions may cause discolored or dark orange urine:
Since dark orange urine is a symptom of hepatitis C, a STD test is recommended. STD testing and hepatitis C testing performed through a simple blood sample and is available at a local lab. Results are available within a few short days.
If you are not sexually active but still experiencing possible hepatitis C symptoms, you will still need to get tested. Hepatitis C can be spread through non-sexual blood contact, blood transfusions, organ transplants and IV needle sharing.
Also, take note of what foods you are eating and what drugs you have taken. B vitamins, certain laxatives and carotene may turn the urine dark orange.
When dark orange urine is a symptom of hepatitis C, treatment depends on the stage of infection. An acute (newly acquired) infection may not require any treatment. A chronic hepatitis C infection is treated with antiviral medication.
Treatment for hepatitis C requires a doctor’s guidance and on-going monitoring. Many other conditions that cause urine that is dark orange, such as hepatitis B or cirrhosis, require a doctor’s supervision. Other causes, like eating certain foods or taking certain vitamins, are harmless and may not require treatment.