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There are a variety of reasons that you may have a neck rash. It can be a reaction to a food or sun exposure or a sign of some type of underlying issue. If you have any type of persistent neck rash, you should contact a doctor to ensure that it is not a serious issue.

Neck Rash: Why do you have Rashes on the Neck?
A neck rash is an inflammatory skin reaction covering the back, front, and sides of the neck.

What is Neck Rash?

A neck rash is a type of inflammatory reaction that affects the skin that covers the neck, which can include the front of your neck, between the head and the chest as well as the name of the neck skin which is just below the hairline in the back of your body.

The appearance of a neck rash can vary greatly, which will be dependent on the actual location and the severity of the underlying cause. A neck rash can be red, purple, silver, or white in color and have a flat or bumpy texture.

They can also appear in one large continuous area or in sports or dots. Additionally, a neck rash can include the scaling, flaking or flushing off of the skin cells on the neck.

What are the Causes of Neck Rash?

A neck rash may be caused by a wide array of conditions and diseases, including an allergic reaction, autoimmune process, and an infection. If you experience a sudden type of acute neck rash it could be the reaction of your skin to a certain substance, including food, medication or jewelry. A long-term or chronic neck rash may be the result of an inflammatory disorder.

Neck rashes affect all age groups and there are other more severe symptoms of neck wrinkle and rash including anaphylaxis, which is the tightening of your airways, cellulitis or bacterial meningitis. Some of the most common causes of infectious neck rashes include a bacterial infection, folliculitis, herpes, measles, shingles, chickenpox, impetigo or a fungal infection [1].

What Other Symptoms Might Occur With A Neck Rash?

A neck rash may be accompanied by the following types of medical conditions: anxiety, acne, stress, dandruff, heat or abuse of methamphetamine abuse. It is not uncommon to also experience problems such as redness, swelling and inflammatory issues when you have a neck rash.

Remedies for Neck Rashes

Neck rashes occur in all ages of people. There are some common treatments that can be used to reverse the effects of a neck rash, which include:

  • Cold Water Baths: This can help relieve the symptoms that are associated with an itchy rash on neck. When you apply cool water to an itchy neck or irritated area, it can help to calm the treatment [2]. To fully benefit from this treatment method, you should ensure that your entire neck is submerged in the water.
  • Compress with Baking Soda: This is a common alternative to a cool water bath. Simply soak a washcloth into a cool water and baking soda mix and apply directly to the affected area.
  • Oatmeal: Purchase an oatmeal bath or lotion for effective relief from an itch or irritated rash.
  • Allergy Medications: Products such as Benadryl can be extremely effective in relieving the common symptoms associated with a neck rash.
  • Topical Ointments are also helpful in alleviating neck rashes.

How to Prevent Neck Rash?

In order to prevent a neck rash, you must first determine what the underlying cause is. If you are allergic to something, you need to avoid using that particular item. If the rash is due to an underlying medical condition, you will need to seek the help of a physician in order to determine what preventative methods can be taken.

What are the Treatments for Neck Rash Causes?

The treatment for the various causes of neck wrinkle and rash will be dependent on the actual cause. The treatment method will likely vary greatly, which is why it is essential that you see a doctor.

Some of the most common treatment methods include a dietary change, reduction of the use of certain items and treatment for the actual medical problem that is causing the rash in the first place.

In order to effectively treat neck wrinkle and rash, you must first determine its origin. If you are unsure, you should consult your physician so that you can create an effective plan of action for combating the neck rash you are suffering from.

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MaryBeth Parisi, MD

Dr. MaryBeth Parisi is a board-certified Harvard trained Dermatologist. She has over 18 years of experience in the field of skin care.