Laryngitis (infection of the voice box or larynx)
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What is laryngitis?
Laryngitis is an infection of your larynx, which results in a hoarse voice and difficulty speaking.
Your larynx is at the top of your trachea (windpipe) at the front of your throat, and contains your vocal cords. The vocal cords vibrate and make sound when air passes through them. This is how you speak. An infection of your larynx causes your vocal cords to become inflamed so that they cannot vibrate properly, which in turn affects your voice.
The larynx also has two other important functions: it helps air move into your trachea when you breathe, and together with the epiglottis (which sits at the top of the larynx), helps to prevent anything other than air from going down your trachea when you swallow.