Read below about using neck muscles to breathe, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your using neck muscles to breathe from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

This symptom can also be referred to as:
Can see neck muscles when breathing

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3 Potential Using Neck Muscles to Breathe Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Asthma Attack

    An asthma attack is the sudden worsening of asthma caused by a trigger (e.g., exercise or cold air) or infection.

    Within minutes of treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, shortness of breath at rest, tight, heavy, squeezing chest pain, wheezing, cough with dry or watery sputum
    Symptoms that always occur with asthma attack:
    shortness of breath
    Symptoms that never occur with asthma attack:
    blue skin
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

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  2. 2.Severe Asthma Attack

    A severe asthma attack makes it incredibly hard to breathe and is a medical emergency. If possible, use a rescue inhaler ASAP.

    Within minutes to hours of treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    being severely ill, shortness of breath at rest, wheezing, irritability, cough with dry or watery sputum
    Symptoms that always occur with severe asthma attack:
    shortness of breath at rest, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Inflammation of the Epiglottis

    Epiglottitis is inflammation of the epiglottis, tissue that covers the trachea (windpipe), which helps prevent coughing or choking after swallowing. It is usually caused by the bacteria H. Influenzae but can also be caused by other bacteria or viruses that cause upper respiratory infections.

    Few hours to days

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    being severely ill, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, pain with swallowing
    Symptoms that never occur with inflammation of the epiglottis:
    cough
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Using Neck Muscles to Breathe

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Do you have a sore throat?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Using Neck Muscles to Breathe Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced using neck muscles to breathe have also experienced:

    • 15% Coughing Up Green or Yellow Phlegm
    • 7% Tight, Heavy, Squeezing Chest Pain
    • 7% Hoarse Voice
  • People who have experienced using neck muscles to breathe were most often matched with:

    • 13% Asthma Attack
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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