nasal flaring

nasal flaring

Internal medicine An ↑ in nostril size with breathing, a classic sign of severe asthma. See Asthma.

nasal flaring

Intermittent outward movement of the nostrils with each inspiratory effort; indicates an increase in the work of breathing.
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Patients CU134 and CU171 had suprasternal and subcostal retraction, and patient CU171 had signs of nasal flaring and inspiratory stridor (he has an underlying double aortic arch).
There can also be abnormal breathing patterns, chest pains, nasal flaring and the temporary suspension of breathing, all of which are serious symptoms.
Observation of the child's thorax may demonstrate suprasternal retractions, while the nose may reveal nasal flaring.