About Pharyngitis: The Facts
The pharynx is the part of the throat between the tonsils and the larynx (voice-box). Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the pharynx that causes a sore throat.
Pharyngitis can be classified as either acute (sore throat starts suddenly and goes away), or chronic (sore throat doesn't go away). The acute form of pharyngitis is caused by infection (either virus or bacteria) and usually occurs in the winter months. Viral pharyngitis, which commonly occurs in association with the common cold, is easily spread among members of the household.