Alternate Names : Inflammation of the Larynx
Laryngitis is a general term for inflammation of the voice box, or larynx. It can be caused by many different conditions. The larynx is a tube-like structure that connects the back of the throat to the windpipes. It contains the vocal cords, which help us to talk.
What is going on in the body?
The larynx and vocal cords become inflamed, reducing their ability to function, limiting the ability to talk, and possibly causing pain.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
The many causes of laryngitis include:
overuse of the voice, such as doing a lot of yelling and screaming
inhalation of smoke or fumes
excess alcohol consumption
damage to the nerves that supply the vocal cords, known as laryngeal nerve damage
trauma or injury to the neck or vocal cords, including from smoking
severe gastroesophageal reflux or GERD