Laryngitis: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

What is laryngitis?

Laryngitis is the inflammation of the voice box (larynx). It’s a tube-shaped organ made of cartilage that is located in the neck, between the pharynx and the upper part of the trachea. Its role is to let air pass from the trachea to the lungs, and it is also involved in swallowing and in the emission of the voice (by the vocal chords).


The most common reason for inflammation is a virus infection. It commonly affects young children, but can also occur chronically in adults. The main symptoms of laryngitis are a hoarse voice, a dry cough and a fever.

The infection is mild in most cases, but a medical consultation is often necessary to avoid serious consequences.

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx, causing swelling and irritation. In most cases, it is a benign infectious disease linked to a virus and is common in children. In adults, laryngitis tends to be more common in smokers.

Epiglottitis is a particular and serious form of laryngitis which affects a specific cartilage of the larynx: the epiglottis. In this case, the origin is usually bacterial and the disease is potentially serious.


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