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What's the difference between acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis?

Both acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis are caused by bacterial infections that affect the prostate. They share many common symptoms, mostly involving pain in the pelvis and groin and while urinating or ejaculating. Some symptoms are unique to each condition: the acute version may involve high fever and chills, while this does not usually happen in the chronic case.

The biggest difference is that acute bacterial prostatitis develops fast and hits you harder right away. It is also easier to cure. Chronic bacterial prostatitis has milder symptoms (or no symptoms at all), but it can last indefinitely, even through multiple treatments. Without treatment, acute bacterial prostatitits can turn into the chronic type.

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