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Overview of Dark Urine Color

Urine doesn’t get much attention these days, but when an abnormally dark urine color appears in the toilet, attention is warranted. A dark urine color, specifically dark yellow, orange or brown, can indicate a serious infection such as hepatitis B. In some cases, a dark urine color may be nothing more than a reflection of your diet. Either way, it is important to err on the side of caution and get this symptom checked out.

Possible Causes of Dark Urine Color

The following conditions have been known to cause dark urine:

  • Hepatitis B and other strains of hepatitis.
  • Cirrhosis, scarring of the liver. This may be caused by hepatitis B or alcoholism.
  • Gallstones
  • Bladder or kidney infection.
  • Dehydration
  • Certain foods or medication.

Diagnosing Dark Urine Color

Dark urine color, a symptom of hepatitis B, can be diagnosed through STD testing. Hepatitis B (and other strains) can be transmitted through unprotected sex which classifies them as STDs. STD and hepatitis B testing is available at labs across the country. Results are available in just a few days.

If you have been vaccinated for hepatitis B (or hepatitis A), be sure to test for hepatitis C. Also, pay attention to what other symptoms are present besides dark colored urine. This can aid in diagnosis. A doctor will be able to assist in diagnosing your symptoms.

Treating Dark Urine Color

Treatment for dark urine color depends on the diagnosis. If caused by hepatitis B, treatment will depend on the specific type of infection. Acute infections do not require medication or specific treatment. Patients are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle though. With chronic hepatitis C infections, patients must take antiviral medication to decrease virus production. Patients with extreme cirrhosis may need a liver transplant.

If you are negative for hepatitis B, be sure to get the vaccine.

Other causes of dark urine color will vary in treatment. A doctor will provide proper treatment which can range from antibiotics, surgery, or simply drinking more water to avoid dehydration.

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