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This appears to be more inflammatory than infectious.
Did your doctor prescribe anything when he/she said that it does not look like celllulitis?
Keflex would be a drug used for cellulitis, so your doctor must have wanted to cover for cellulitis even though it was not thought to look like cellulitis. If the Keflex has not helped, then that would be further evidence of it not being cellulitis.
The next step would be a topical steroid. The best that would be available over the counter is a hydrocortisone cream. There are stronger medicines available by prescription, but it would be reasonable to first try the hydrocortisone cream.
The other issue would be trying to identify the cause of the inflammation. Inflammation of the skin of the hand will frequently be due to contact with a substance to which the person reacts. This can be certain types of metals, particularly that contain nickel. It is also common to be sensitive to certain cleaning fluids. Trying to identify the cause may require keeping a diary of substances to which you came in contact before each flare-up.
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