Neck Rash: How to avoid neck rashes (Symptoms & Therapy)

Neck Rash: What is it? What are the causes of which? What is the treatment of neck rash?

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First: what is the neck rash?


Simply, neck rash is the inflammation that infects the neck in general, whether in the front side lying between the head and the chest, or the back side of the neck after the hairline directly.

According to the several factors that cause the neck rash, this kind of rash differs when it comes to the cause, appearance and location. As for the color the neck rash takes, it usually red, white, purple or silver. While that the color of the neck rash, it’s bumpy or flat in texture.

Neck rash might be dots or spots or large and continuous area. Unfortunately, the neck rashes may at be accompanied by flushing, scaling, or flaking off the skin cells.

As for the main cause of neck rash, it might be due to acne, dermatitis, mild allergic reactions, and inflammatory disorders.

Fortunately, neck rash doesn’t cause you permanent harm or pain, but, they disappear by their own once following the prescribed treatment or doctor’s consultation.

In few causes, the neck rash may be a result of serious underlying infectious diseases such as: meningitis or an allergic reactions linked with hives and anaphylaxis.

Be careful, a neck rash with purple spots (petechiae) which comes with fever can indicate a serious and life-threatening condition such as bacterial meningitis. There are other signs that if they are present in your case, night indicate a life-threatening condition namely anaphylaxis. Of these signs are: shortness of breath, wheezing, or  swelling of the face, mouth or throat.


Second: What are the symptoms accompanied with neck rash?


While neck rash might occur alone without any previous signs, there are several symptoms that may also be linked to neck rash. Also, the symptoms vary depending on the an implicit disease, condition or disorder.

It’s also worthy to mention that some symptoms of neck rash affect the skin, digestive tract, respiratory system, nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system, or immune system.

For example, if the neck rash is due to infection or inflammation, you may experience symptoms like high fever or flu.

Of the symptoms that accompany the neck rash, some of they affect the neck such as:

  1. bleeding (from broken skin).
  2. Blistering.
  3. Burning.
  4. Cracked skin.
  5. Dry skin.
  6. Itchiness.
  7. Redness,. Irritation and inflammation.
  8. Scaling or peeling skin.
  9. swelling or puffiness around the skin.


Neck rash may also be accompanied by symptoms related to other parts of the body rather than just the neck. Of these symptoms are:

  1. Flu-like symptoms.
  2. Joint pain.
  3. Nerve pain.
  4. Numbness or burning in the lower legs and feet.
  5. Red or dry eyes.
  6. Sneezing or runny nose.
  7. Stress, anxiety or depression.
  8. vomiting.


As said before, neck rash might be accompanied by serious or life-threatening symptoms and signs. Of these symptoms are:

  1. Chest pain or chest tightness.
  2. Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or shortness of breath.
  3. Fainting or change in level of consciousness.
  4. Severe headache.
  5. Stiff neck with high fever.
  6. Swelling of the mouth, throat, or lips.


Third: What are the causes of neck rash?


Due to a wide variety of diseases and conditions, neck rash might be caused by infection, inflammation, allergic reaction, and autoimmune processes.

It’s worthy to mention that if you face a neck rash all of sudden, it would be caused by effect of allergic reaction, sensitivity to a particular substance such as: jewelry, food or medication. As for chronic and long-term may be due to specific conditions such as inflammatory disorders.

In all age groups, more severe causes of neck rash include a severe allergic reaction with anaphylaxia (tightening of airways), bacterial meningitis, and cellulitis which is the invasive skin infection that can be caused by streptococcal or staphylococcal bacteria.

Infectious causes of neck rash:


  1. Bacterial infection.
  2. Chickenpox (viral infection).
  3. Folliculitis (inflammation or infection of hair follicle).
  4. Fungal infection of the skin (also called ringworm).
  5. Herpes virus infection.
  6. Impetigo (bacterial skin infection).
  7. Measles (Viral infection).
  8. Shingles (Viral infection).


Allergic causes of neck rash:


  1. Allergic contact dermatitis, result from wearing jewelry containing nickels for example.
  2. Drug reaction.
  3. Eczema (atopic eczema) including chronic eczema.
  4. Food allergy.
  5. Irritant contact dermatitis, result from detergents for example.


Other causes of neck rash:


  1. Acne.
  2. Anxiety or stress.
  3. Dandruff (Seborrheic dermatitis which can normally affect the face, neck, and the scalp).
  4. Heat rash (heart rash).
  5. Methamphetamine abuse.


Life-threatening causes of the neck rash:


In few cases, unfortunately, neck rash might be accompanied by serious or life-threatening conditions that must be taken into consideration. Here are some of these signs:

  1. Allergic purpura (autoimmune bleeding disorder).
  2. Erythema (type of allergic disorder).
  3. Meningitis (caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitis).
  4. Severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis.
  5. Toxic epidermal necrolysis (skin and mucosal loss due to severe medication reaction).


Common question asked when diagnosing the neck rash:


In order to diagnose the main causes of the neck rash based on the signs and symptoms accompanied, your doctor might ask you some questions. You are recommended to provide your doctor with complete answers so that you help your doctor identify the main cause of neck rash. These questions include:

  1. Describe the rash. Where is it? What does the rash look like?
  2. Did the rash develop suddenly or slowly? Is it constant or intermittent?
  3. Is the rash spreading to other areas?
  4. Does the rash occur with any particular activity, such as eating?
  5. When did the rash first appear?
  6. Have you had the rash before?
  7. Do you have any other symptoms?
  8. Have you been in recent contact with any unusual substances or environments, such as exposure to chemicals or unusual plants, taking new medications or supplements, or traveling to a foreign country?


What are the possible complications of the neck rash?


Depending on the implicit disease, disorder or condition, complications of the neck rash are varied and different. In order to minimize the potential complications like introduction to disease-causing bacteria or fungi into the skin, you would better identify and treat the implicit cause of neck rash. This may occur in case there is itchiness that leads to breakdown of the skin. Following the treatment prescribed by your doctor, you will minimize any potential complications including:

  1. Bacterial or fungal infection of the skin
  2. Cellulitis.
  3. Open sores and lesions.
  4. Permanent change in skin texture.
  5. Permanent skin discoloration.
  6. Scarring.


Neck Rash in Adult Females:


The sun always causes a variety of problems including the skin; however, of those problems related to the neck are few. Due to excessive exposure to sunlight, Poikiloderma Civatte is a long-lasting and red rash that normally appear on adults’ necks. Another type of neck rash in adults namely ‘Cutis rhomboidalis nuchae’ is also the result of excessive exposure to sunlight and makes the skin look like a well-creased leather. Small skin tags “acrochordons” will often grow on the neck as people grow. Fortunately, skin tags are not dangerous, but they are normally unwanted for cosmetic reasons. Like all other parts of the body that are chronically exposed to sun, skin cancer is likely to develop on the neck along with precancerous lesions such as actinic keratosis.


Major Causes of Neck Rash


Rashes is normally expected to appear anywhere of the body and get accompanied by several symptoms. Normally, neck rashes take the shape localized red and itchy bumps or cause pervasive breakouts. individuals who frequently experience rashes have other signs and symptoms linked to it such as tenderness, peeling and dry skin. Normally, rashes develop from skin conditions or as a reaction to an irritating substance, but they may also signalize something more severe. A licensed healthcare practitioner can assist in examining and treating individual causes of a rash.


Heat Rash


Heat rashes are considered a pivotal  cause of a neck rash. This kind of rash occurs from excessive perspiration during hot weather. Typically, perspiration evaporates on its own, but under harsh environmental conditions, perspiration can hide under the skin and cause the sweat glands to clog. Itchy or prickly skin, red bumps, inflammation and reduced sweating of the inflicted area can be the result of clogged sweat glands. Children and those who work in hot work environments very often develop a heat rash, but the condition is not limited to those and affects all. Common parts of the body normally develop heat rashes include the neck and upper chest, elbows and under the breasts. Wearing lightweight clothing and avoiding ointments that can block the pores can assist in preventing a heat rash.




There are various types of dermatitis, and each can affect the skin differently. Dermatitis is best defined as the inflammation of the skin that can manifest from irritants, allergens, health problems and genetics. When dermatitis infects the neck, it usually occurs from contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is the result of direct contact with allergens or irritants that cause an irritation. According to reports issued by the University of Maryland Medical Center that about 80 percent of contact dermatitis results from irritants and 20 percent results from allergens. Common irritants and allergens that come up with contact dermatitis are cosmetics, jewelry, soaps, detergents and perfume. The signs and symptoms of contact dermatitis involve dry, red patches; rashes and itching of the affected area; and pain and tenderness.




Psoriasis is a skin disease that occurs due to problems with the immune system. The condition affects the life cycle of skin cells and causes irritation. Normally, skin cells take a month between growth and shedding, but psoriasis causes an escalation of this process. As a result of this rapid skin-cell turnover, irritation takes the form of dry, cracked skin; itching and soreness; rashes and scaling skin. Psoriasis can cause direct symptoms to the neck or extend from the scalp. The National Psoriasis Foundation says that at least 50 percent of people who have psoriasis have it on their scalp. Scalp psoriasis can extend beyond the scalp to the back of the neck, ears and forehead.


Home Remedies for Neck Rash


Sometimes, you all of sudden notice the appearance of red spots of patches on the neck or around it. Yet, sometimes you also get poison ivy and hives which fades away by its own and without treatment.

According to the Mayo Clinic, other rashes like dermatitis and scabies need prescription medication.

In case of neck rash, you’d better see your doctor for medical consultation so that he can determine the cause of itchy skin. After doctor’s approval, you can resort to use home remedies to help minimize the effects of neck rash. At best, home remedies are very efficient in treating itchiness and scratching associated with neck rash, and therefore making the rash less noticeable.

Step one:

Wear cotton clothes and other natural fibers. Cotton stuff are soft and don’t cause irritation to the skin like wool and polyester. People with neck rash are also recommended to wear loose fitting around the neck I order to prevent the fabric from irritating skin.

Step two:

Every two hours, apply a thin coat of aloe gel over a poison ivy or poison sumac rash. To get aloe gel, you have two choices: whether to buy it from a drugstore or a grocery, or you can buy aloe plan and break one of its leaves.

Step three:

You are advised to wash your clothes, beddings and towels with unscented detergent that’s especially formulated for sensitive skin. The Mayo Clinic recommends people with neck rash to running an extra cycle on your clothes to help better removing chemicals from your clothes that may irritate the skin.

Step four:

Make a paste of Vitamin C and water to help soothing itchy skin. To prepare this paste, crush two vitamin C tablets and add few drops of water to make a paste. Gently, coat the afflicted area on the neck with the paste and allow the area to dry.

Step five:

Take a cool bath. Add a handful of baking soda into the bathwater to help soothe the itchiness and irritation of a rash, and then soak in the tub for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this process as necessary as you need.



In case the neck rash got worse, you are highly recommended to consult your doctor.


If you don’t have baking soda, use a handful of colloidal oatmeal in the bathtub instead.

What will you need:

  • 100 percent cotton clothing
  • Aloe gel
  • Unscented detergent
  • Vitamin C
  • Baking soda

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