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Causes of Itching on the Face and Neck

author image Shannon Marks
Shannon Marks started her journalism career in 1994. She was a reporter at the "Beachcomber" in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and contributed to "Philadelphia Weekly." Marks also served as a research editor, reporter and contributing writer at lifestyle, travel and entertainment magazines in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Temple University.
Causes of Itching on the Face and Neck
Itching on your face and neck is commonly caused by a rash or infection. Photo Credit neck image by DXfoto.com from Fotolia.com

Itching on your face and neck could be caused by hives, a fungal infection, allergies or using new skin and cosmetic products. To treat the itching, it's best to see your physician or a dermatologist so a cause may be determined. Be prepared to inform your doctor when your symptoms began and if anything has changed in your diet or with products or medications you use on your skin.

Infections and Rashes

Chickenpox, eczema and fifth disease can cause itching on the face and neck, according to KidsHealth, a health information website by the Nemours Foundation. Chickenpox is a common childhood virus that causes an itchy rash all over the body, including the neck and face. Eczema is an itchy rash worsened when scratched. Eczema refers to a variety of skin conditions that cause redness and irritation. One out of every 10 kids develops eczema at some point, according to KidsHealth. Fifth disease is a viral condition that produces a distinctive red, blotchy rash on the face that can spread elsewhere. Itching from fifth disease typically affects older kids and adults.

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Rosacea is a common, long-term skin disease, according to RosaceaNet, a website of the American Academy of Dermatology. Rosacea can cause swelling and redness primarily on your face, neck, ears, chest and back. The National Rosacea Society reports that many rosacea patients commonly report facial burning, stinging and itching.


If you develop a mole on your face or neck that looks different than other moles in these areas, or if it bleeds, oozes and itches, you should have it checked by your doctor. The Cleveland Clinic reports that these symptoms could be indicative of a melanoma, or skin cancer. The American Melanoma Foundation reports that more than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. While melanoma incidence is increasing every year, it is highly curable, with 90 percent of patients surviving at least five years from the time of their diagnosis.

Skin Irritants

Antibiotics, antifungal drugs, narcotic pain medications and other drugs may cause itchiness on your neck, face and other areas, reports MayoClinic.com. Other reactions to certain prescription drugs include widespread rashes. Wool, chemicals, soaps and certain foods may also cause itching due to an allergic reaction.

Internal Diseases

If you have liver disease, celiac disease, kidney failure, iron-deficiency anemia, thyroid problems, leukemia or lymphoma, you may experience itching. If you are experiencing itchiness on your face and neck and have any one of these conditions, you will likely experience itchiness in other areas as well.

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