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If you have a sore and scratchy throat and have difficulty talking, you may have laryngitis. This condition occurs when your vocal cords within your voice box or larynx are inflamed. This inflammation can occur for a variety of reasons. Usually associated with sore throats, colds, or even talking too much (such as at a business conference), laryngitis has many causes and can be contagious if it causes is an infection. Laryngitis has many symptoms other than just not being able to speak.

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1. Hoarseness

People who experience laryngitis often have hoarse sounding voices due to the inflammation of the vocal chords. If you sound more like a frog croaking a less like a human being talking, you probably have laryngitis. Other causes for a hoarse sounding throat might be mucus and inflammation from post nasal drip. At this point, it's probably best to stay quiet and let your vocal chords rest.

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