Do your contact allergies ever affect your face, especially your lips and directly around your mouth? If you have, how do you deal with eating? I get really cranky, woozy and get stomach pain if I don't eat at regular intervals. But I have had a rash on my face for months, and the hardest thing to do is get motivated to eat.
I have read many blogs that give good information about moisturizing, how to talk to the doctor etc...but not really much about dealing with the day to day mini-struggles that we all probably have like this.
Yes, my contact allergies have indeed affected my lips and my face. The facial reaction wasn't food related. It was due to chemicals in makeup and with hazel and the nickel in my eyelash curler. The chemicals and witch hazel caused flushing and the eyelash curler actually made a tiny welt where it touched my face.
The reaction on my lips WAS from food, though. I'd get anything from a little red bump on my lips to a thousand tiny bumps on my lips which were the same color of my lips. You couldn't see them, but you could feel them. My lips felt really rough and uncomfortable. Since I was able to get tested for chemical allergies, I've been able to avoid certain preservatives in food which were causing said bumps. So, that's how I've dealt with it. If I didn't get tested for my allergies, my health condition would probably be so bad that I wouldn't be able to leave my house.
It sounds like there are some issues that haven't been figured out yet in your case... There aren't many doctors who do the extensive patch testing that I did, but if you use this search engine it can help you find a doctor does patch testing. If they don't do the extensive type of testing, they may be able to guide you in the right direction. I went to Dr. Scheman in Illinois who is literally one of the best patch testing dermatologists in the country. He's a life saver!
Like you, I also feel really weird if I don't eat the right amount of food at the typical meal times. If you don't feel like eating a meal... how about making a smoothie instead? That way, you can still get the required nutrients and calories without having to amp yourself up to make and eat an entire meal. Or perhaps try getting excited about eating by making a new dinner recipe! Or buying a new recipe book written by a chef or somebody else you really like? How about making a night out of cooking and invite a friend over to cook something with you? I think that would make things a lot more fun :-)
I hope these tips help or maybe inspire some other ideas that might make eating a little more enjoyable for you. Good luck!