An itchy neck rash can result from a number of causes, including:

Hygiene

  • improper washing, either not enough or too much

Environment

  • overexposure to sun and weather
  • heating and cooling systems that reduce humidity

Irritation

Allergic reactions

Skin conditions

Nerve disorders

Other conditions

When your neck itches, additional symptoms — localized to your neck area — could include:

Some symptoms may mean you should see your doctor. These include if your itch:

  • doesn’t respond to self-care and lasts for more than 10 days
  • interrupts your sleep or your daily routines
  • spreads or affects the entire body

It’s also time to call your doctor if your itchy neck is just one of a number of symptoms including:

Often an itchy neck rash can be handled with self-care such as:

If your itch doesn’t respond to self-care, your doctor might prescribe treatments including:

  • corticosteroid creams
  • calcineurin inhibitors such as such as tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel)
  • selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft)
  • phototherapy using different wavelengths of ultraviolet light

As well as prescribing treatments to relieve the itch, your doctor can perform a full diagnosis to be sure that your neck itch isn’t a symptom of a more serious health concern.

There are a number of simple, self-care steps you can do to treat an itchy neck. If the itchiness persists — or if the itch is one of other concerning symptoms — visit your doctor. They can offer more powerful anti-itch medications and determine whether or not your itchy neck is a symptom of an underlying medical condition that needs to be dealt with.

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