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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Neck Redness

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced neck redness. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Non - Specific Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    neck redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific rash:
    neck redness
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific rash:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Neck

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    neck redness, neck itch, scabbed area of the neck
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the neck:
    neck redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

    Shingles (herpes zoster) is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, usually on one side of the body or face. Rashes or blisters appear anywhere from one to 14 days later. If shingles appears on the face, it may affect vision or hearing.

    An episode usually lasts 2-4 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    symptoms of infection, dizziness, fatigue, rash, diarrhea
    Symptoms that always occur with shingles (herpes zoster):
    grouped rash, rash
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Cellulitis

    Facial cellulitis is a skin infection that typically comes from other parts of the face like the mouth or the sinuses and needs antibiotic treatment. Symptoms can be pain, redness, warmth and swelling of the affected area.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, facial redness, swollen face, face pain
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    facial redness, area of skin redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    This is a long-term, recurring condition but symptoms are manageable with care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Neck Redness

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?
  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?

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Neck Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced neck redness have also experienced:

    • 7% Neck Itch
    • 4% Facial Redness
    • 3% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced neck redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Day
    • 26% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced neck redness were most often matched with:

    • 80% Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
    • 20% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Neck
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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