What is laryngitis?

In medical terms, laryngitis is defined as the inflammation of the larynx, more correctly the vocal cords and the adjoining tissues due to rough treatment or overuse, irritation or infections of the respiratory tract. Laryngitis or associated complications may lead to impaired functionalities of the larynx such as problems in swallowing, straining, coughing, maintenance of pulmonary pressure, immunological balance, and few hormonal functions. The typical complications observed are difficulty in speaking (dysphonia), discomfort in the anterior portion of the neck, coughing, throat clearing, feeling of lump formation in the throat (globus pharyngeus) and excessive air wasting (due to the partially closed glottis).