Do you have a sore throat and hoarse voice? You might be suffering from laryngitis, a condition that occurs when the vocal cords or voice box become inflamed. Laryngitis is most often caused by overusing your voice but it can also be caused by viral infections.
Most cases aren’t serious but persistent laryngitis may signal a more serious underlying problem. This is why it’s important to know what it is, why it occurs, and what you can do about it. To help you have a better understanding of laryngitis, here’s everything you need to know.
What Is Laryngitis?
Your vocal cords consist of two bands of smooth muscle tissue located in the larynx, also known as the voice box. Normally they open and close allowing air to pass through the cords from your lungs to produce the sound of your voice. But when you have laryngitis, the vocal cords are inflamed which changes the way the air moves through your throat.
When this occurs, the change in airflow distorts the sound of your voice, which is why individuals with laryngitis typically have a hoarse and quiet voice.