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If you find yourself opening your mouth and nothing except a sqeak comes out, chances are that you have laryngitis. It is a swelling in the larynx, also known as the voice box. An infection, such as a cold, the flu or bronchitis, may contribute to the swelling. Sometimes the problem could also be something as simple as overuse. Sound from the swollen area of the tissues will usually sound muffled and your voice will come across as hoarse. Other symptoms may include a sore throat, a dry cough and a constant urge to clear your throat. The main cause of reoccurring laryngitis is allergies, a bacterial infection or an injury to the throat area. Your videoDoc doctor may prescribe you medication to help revieve the issue or suggest further investigative tests be carried out.