What Does It Mean When Your Neck Itches?

An itchy sensation on any area of your body is enough to drive you nuts. Giving into a scratch on a visible place like your neck can leave redness and often make the itch even worse.  So what can you do to get rid of your itchy neck, and more importantly, what could be the cause? Let's discuss.

A neck itch can be caused by allergies, infections, or even insect bites. You could be reacting to a chemical, cosmetic, or metal that touches your skin. If you've spent some time outdoors, it could be a result of exposure to poison ivy, or even just your body simply reacting to an extremely hot or cold environment. Some chronic skin conditions can also cause itchiness, such as eczema, while other lesser-known sources could be scabies, bed bugs, or shingles (via Medical News Today).

An itchy wound can also be a sign of healing. Although frustrating, the best thing you can do for an itchy neck is to avoid scratching it (via Healthgrades). 

Home remedies and treatment options for an itchy neck

Instant gratification may be worth it in the moment, but temporary relief from scratching can ultimately worsen symptoms. Therefore, some home remedies worth a try include oatmeal baths, cold wraps, antihistamines, and other over-the-counter medications or creams to help itching subside. You can also take preventative measures such as avoiding scalding hot showers, using natural soaps void of fragrances or chemicals, trying a humidifier to alleviate dryness in the air, and reducing your stress level (via Medical News Today).

If your itchy neck suddenly came on out of the blue, it could be a sign of an anaphylactic reaction (via Healthgrades). You should seek immediate medical care if your itchy neck is accompanied by facial or throat swelling, faintness, rash, or difficulty breathing. Seeking help from a doctor could also help diagnose any possible skin conditions, and get you on the way to an itch-free life!