What causes neck rash?

Shingles

Shingles is a condition that causes a painful, usually itchy or tingly rash. Shingles occurs in people who have been previously had chickenpox. Different people may experience shingles in different spots of the body including the torso, face, and neck. Shingles is treated by a primary care doctor. Find a primary care doctor near you here.

Folliculitis

Folliculitis occurs when hair follicles are inflamed, and it can occur anywhere on the skin. Follicles may be damaged while shaving or rubbing against clothing, which may make them more prone to infection by staphylococcus bacteria. An infection may lead to irritation or rash, most commonly on the neck, face, or groin. Folliculitis is usually treated by a primary care doctor. Find a primary care doctor near you here.

Ringworm

Ringworm is a skin infection that is caused by a fungus. It spreads easily and causes a circular, red, itchy rash. Ringworm can occur anywhere on the skin, including the neck. Ringworm is treated by a dermatologist. Find a dermatologist near you here.

Hives

Hives are a type of rash that present as itchy, red bumps on the surface of the skin. Hives can occur as an allergic response to allergens such as pet dander, pollen, or certain medicines. Hives can occur on the neck or any other part of the body. Hives are usually treated by a primary care doctor. Find a primary care doctor near you here.

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a condition where the skin becomes inflamed and itchy. Individuals with atopic dermatitis may experience rashes on the arms or behind the knees, on the face or neck, or anywhere else on the body. Atopic dermatitis is usually treated by a dermatologist. Find a dermatologist near you here.

Food Allergy

Food allergies involve the body having an immune reaction to a specific type of food. Common foods that may trigger a food allergy include peanuts, shellfish, eggs, or milk. Symptoms of food allergy may include tingling of the mouth, swelling of the lips or face, and rash of the face or neck. Food allergy is usually treated by an allergist. Find an allergist near you here.

Impetigo

Impetigo is a common skin infection caused by the staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria. Impetigo spreads easily and is more likely to affect individuals who already have other skin conditions. Common symptoms of impetigo include pus-filled blisters and rash on the neck or other parts of the body. Impetigo is usually treated by a primary care doctor. Find a primary care doctor near you here.

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a skin infection that primarily affects the middle layer of skin, the dermis. When there are breaks or cracks in the skin, a cellulitis infection is more common. Cellulitis infections may include skin redness or soreness, or a rash that develops quickly. Cellulitis can occur on the neck or anywhere else on the skin. Cellulitis is usually treated by a dermatologist. Find a dermatologist near you here.

Scabies

Scabies is a skin infection caused by a mite. Mites can lay their eggs in the skin, which causes the body to have an allergic response. Common symptoms of scabies are rashes, sores, and extreme itchiness. Scabies is usually treated by a primary care doctor. Find a primary care doctor near you here.

Candida Infection of the Skin

Candida infection, also known as a yeast infection, can occur in the skin. It can cause a red, itchy rash on the neck and other areas of the body. Candida infection is usually treated by a dermatologist. Find a dermatologist near you here.

Understanding the Results

These results are based on the most likely conditions for a 45 year old woman who is not pregnant, and is living in the United States. Our data shows that 96% of the time, this symptom is related to one of the 10 most likely causes. Location and age can also contribute to different results. Use our Symptom Checker to add your information and get your custom results.

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Differences in Age Groups

Neck rash is slightly more common in younger children and teenagers compared to adults. Infections that may cause a rash may spread quickly in crowded places such as schools.

Differences among Men and Women

There is not a significant difference in the occurrence of neck rash for men and women. Infections that cause neck rash affect men and women equally.

Last Updated: March 17, 2022

Published By: Medifind Medical Staff