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Nasal flaring is when the nostrils widen while a person is breathing. It is a sign that the person is having difficulty breathing. It is most commonly seen in children and infants; in those cases nasal flaring can indicate respiratory distress.
Your intercostal muscles attach to your ribs. When you breathe in air, they normally contract and move your ribs up. At the same time, your diaphragm, which is a thin muscle that separates your chest and abdomen, drops lower and your lungs fill wi...