Itchy Neck Rash
An itchy neck rash is a skin ailment characterized by red patches on the skin, with the patient having a very strong urge to scratch. This ailment affects any part of the neck but could also spread to the chin, shoulder blades, chest, and surrounding areas.
Scratching temporarily relieves the itching but if the underlying cause is not addressed, the patient will be scratching in vain. Also, constant scratching can cause the skin to break, causing wounds and abrasions that could become infected. Thus, it is always best not to scratch the neck or any other itchy area for that matter.
Itchy Neck Rash Causes
There are many possible reasons why a patient could experience having an itchy neck that is accompanied by rashes. There are even times when he or she will not be able to tell what really caused the problem. Still, the following are some of the possible reasons for itchy neck rash:
- Allergens. Allergic reactions are the most common reasons for rashes that are itchy.
- Bites of insects and other organisms. Because the neck is often exposed, it can be a magnet to insects that bite and cause itchiness. Bed bugs and ants are also among the common culprits for itchy neck. These bites can be accompanied by rashes or hives.
- Tinea versicolor. Caused by Malassezia globosa yeast, it can cause rashes on the neck and other body parts. These rashes become itchy when these become wet with moisture or sweat.
- Acanthosis nigricans. This causes skin to darken, have rashes, and become itchy. There might be patches of rashes that are velvety to touch.
- Furunculosis. Caused by strains of Streptococcus and Staphylococcus, this can cause boils and rashes on the neck and other areas.
- Certain ailments. Some ailments that are associated with itchy rashes include measles, chronic kidney diseases, chicken pox, and obstructive biliary disease.
Itchy Neck Rash Treatment
Knowing the underlying cause can help in finding the best treatment for itchy neck. The following are possible treatment options for this problem:
- Antihistamines can be used for those caused by allergens and insect bites.
- Make a paste with 1 tbsp baking soda and 1 tbsp water. Apply on affected areas.
- Immerse affected area in cold water until the itchiness disappears.
Seek immediate medical attention if the patient experiences breathing difficulties.