A sticky neck can be due to a buildup of sweat or even the residue from a particular type of product applied to your face. It can also be caused by a medical condition like psoriasis or eczema. If the neck feels sticky, it is important to see a dermatologist for proper treatment. If the skin is dark and clammy, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory cream or gel to help clear up the irritation.
Some infections, such as influenza or mononucleosis must simply run their course, but over-the-counter medications will often ease the symptoms. Other conditions, such as hypotension or panic attack disorders, can be treated with professional counseling and doctor-prescribed medication.
If the neck pain is caused by a muscle spasm, simple self-help treatments and a day or two’s rest are often enough to resolve the problem. Painkillers, such as paracetamol, can be used if necessary, but it is important not to take them too often or the risks of side effects become greater.
Getting up and moving around regularly can prevent the muscles in your neck from tightening up too much. Changing your posture regularly, when sitting or standing, can also be helpful. For example, try stretching your neck by putting your head against a seat backrest or clasping your hands behind your head, keeping the chin at eye level. Alternatively, try using a reusable heat pad (available from chemists and sports shops), an ice pack or a hot water bottle on the back of your neck to ease the tension.