What is a neck rash?

A neck rash is an inflammatory reaction of the skin covering the neck, which includes the front of the neck between the head and the chest and the nape of the neck just below the hairline in the back.

Neck rashes vary greatly in appearance, location and severity depending on the underlying cause. Neck rashes can be red, white, purple or silver in color, and raised, bumpy or flat in texture. They can appear as dots or spots or occur in a large, continuous area. Neck rashes can also include flushing and scaling or flaking off of skin cells. Neck rashes are commonly due to acne, dermatitis, mild allergic reactions, and inflammatory disorders. Most neck rashes do not cause any permanent harm and they usually disappear on their own or by following the treatment plan outlined by your health care provider. However, some rashes may be caused by a serious underlying infectious disease, such as meningitis, or an allergic reaction accompanied by hives and anaphylaxis.

A rash of purple spots (petechiae) that occurs with a fever can indicate a serious, potentially life-threatening condition, such as bacterial meningitis. A neck rash that is associated with allergies combined with shortness of breath, wheezing, or swelling of the face, mouth or throat is also a symptom of a serious, potentially life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these symptoms.


What other symptoms might occur with a neck rash?

A neck rash can occur in isolation or with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Other symptoms can affect the skin, digestive tract, respiratory system, nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system, or immune system. For example, you may have a fever and other Read more about neck rashsymptoms


What causes a neck rash?

Neck rashes can be caused by a wide variety of diseases and conditions, such as infection, inflammation, allergic reaction, and autoimmune processes. A sudden or acute neck rash may be due to an allergic reaction or sensitivity to a particular substance, such as jewelry, food or medication. A chronic or long-term neck rash may be caused by such conditions as an inflammatory disorder.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 7, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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