Eczema on Neck

Eczema On Neck

While we don’t think about it very often, the neck is very commonly affected by eczema. In fact, the head and neck are affected in about 50% of adults and 79% of children with atopic dermatitis, or eczema as it’s more commonly called. There’s even a specific name for eczema that affects the face and neck: Head and Neck Dermatitis.

The prevalence of eczema on the neck makes sense, as skinfolds like the back of the neck, the crook of the arms, or diaper areas are particularly vulnerable to eczema. But what causes eczema on the neck? And what can you do about it?

Causes of Eczema on Back of Neck

In many instances, Head and Neck Dermatitis (or HNAD) is because of a reaction to an allergen or irritant. The neck can be severely affected if it comes into contact with an allergen like certain metals in costume jewelry necklaces, body lotions that are applied to the neck, or even hand lotions or other products that are applied with the hands and then the hands touch the neck.

HNAD is also commonly caused by irritation from triggering substances and products like wool scarves, tight clothing, tags, and hair products that run down the neck in the shower or throughout the day. This type of eczema can also be caused by a general environmental hypersensitivity (like extreme temperature or dry weather) rather than a reaction to a specific product or irritant.

How to Treat Eczema on the Neck

There is no permanent cure for any kind of eczema, including HNAD. But there are a number of successful interventions that can soothe symptoms and help prevent flare-ups. The most effective treatments for eczema on the neck are skin care, itch control, and trigger management:

Skin Care

The right skin care can help repair your skin’s natural barrier to fight back irritants, soothe current symptoms, and prevent future eczema flare-ups. There are two main components of proper eczema skin care: cleansing and moisturizing. Cleanse skin at least once a day using a gentle, non-soap cleanser and warm (not hot) water. Follow up every cleanse with a baby eczema cream like Happy Cappy Moisturizing Cream. Made with natural ingredients, this cream will lock in moisture and help protect the skin from irritants.

Itch Control

The back of the neck is a very accessible area that is easy to scratch. But scratching itchy eczema will only make it worse and can even cause infection and scarring. Use a moisturizing eczema cream to control itching and prevent scratching.

Trigger Management

HNAD is often caused or worsened by triggers, or environmental factors that can irritate the skin. Some triggers include extreme temperature of both the air and water, scratchy materials and fabrics like wool and polyester, restrictive clothing, and food allergies. The most common triggers for HNAD, however, are harsh skin and hair products. The vast majority of soaps and shampoos on the market are too basic (pH is too high) and irritating for the sensitive skin on the back of the neck.

Alternatively, Happy Cappy Daily Shampoo and Body Wash is a shampoo for eczema that’s hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and gentle enough for daily use on sensitive skin. Use it daily to soothe eczema-prone skin on the neck.


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What Triggers Eczema on the neck?

There are certain factors that can trigger eczema on the neck and cause red, itchy rashes, such as
1 Chemicals in makeup and skincare products
2 Dry skin
3 Cold, dry air
4 Extreme weather conditions
5 Food allergy.

How to get rid of dark eczema on the neck?

Eczema often causes the skin to become darker in lighter skin tones, it can cause red or pink rashes, and in darker skin tones, it can cause the skin to become brown or darker than the skin.
In most cases, this darkening of skin color gets better as the eczema symptoms are alleviated. However, consult a dermatologist if you are still experiencing skin darkening or are worried about it. They may prescribe certain medications and OTC products to use.

How long will eczema on my neck last?

It depends on the severity of the condition and what might be causing your eczema. In mild cases, an eczema flare-up may be soothed with proper skin care in a few days or weeks.
Eczema caused by irritants may get better faster once the irritant is removed. However, eczema caused by allergens takes more time to get better.

What is best to soothe neck eczema?

The best way to soothe itching, irritation, and rashes associated with neck eczema is by moisturizing the skin with an eczema cream. An eczema cream like Happy Cappy Moisturizing Cream is a great option to choose from. It is infused with natural ingredients and is specially created by a pediatrician to soothe eczema symptoms and soothe eczema-prone skin.

Can eczema cause a burning sensation on neck?

Yes, especially in severe cases of eczema on the neck, it can cause a burning sensation, intense itching, dryness, swelling, and red rashes. The skin on the neck is soft and sensitive and can be easily irritated by scratching. So avoid scratching to prevent the condition from getting worse

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