Vaper’s Tongue and How to Get Rid of It
Do you love vaping? With so many delicious flavors to choose from, we don’t blame you. But do you ever find that even your favorite flavor starts to taste strange after a while? The chances are you’re experiencing Vaper’s Tongue. You might also notice that your tongue has a nasty, rough feeling or even like it’s lost its feeling altogether.
We all know that smoking cigarettes gives us bad breath, and some of you might know that it affects your taste buds too. But did you know that vaping can also affect your mouth? Vaper’s Tongue can occur out of nowhere, even after you’ve been vaping for ages. But don’t panic: it’s not a major problem, and it won’t last forever.
To help you identify the problem, and take steps to get rid of it, here are some of the reasons why you might have developed Vaper’s Tongue.
Likely Causes of Vaper’s Tongue
The human body is an amazing thing: everything is connected up together. Your mouth, nose, eyes and ears can all show symptoms simultaneously when something’s wrong. If you’re unwell and suffering with a cold, cough or another congestion-related sickness, this can affect your enjoyment of your vape. There is no cure for the common cold, so you just have to wait it out. If your sickness persists, consider medication and visit a medical professional.
Vaping dries out your mouth and lungs. You need to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water during and after smoking. If you become dehydrated, it can cause your mouth to lose sensation and become dry, which mutes your taste buds. It’s good to stay hydrated even when not vaping, but especially if you’re having a long session. Fresh water is one of the best ways to prevent Vaper’s Tongue.
You’ve Just Given Up Cigarettes
Many smokers turn to vaping to wean themselves off cigarettes. As mentioned before, it’s common knowledge that smoking affects your taste buds and sense of smell. This is not permanent though: once you stop smoking and start enjoying vaping, you’ll gradually be able to taste more and more of its flavors. If you want to speed up the process of getting rid of Vaper’s Tongue, try smoking an unflavored vape liquid to give yourself the chance to adjust.
You’re Not Branching Out
You might have found an e-liquid flavor you love, so why would you want to try another one? Well, one of the reasons you get Vaper’s Tongue and can’t taste as well is because your taste buds have got used to one particular flavor. This essentially causes your brain to get bored of the flavor and start muting it automatically. To fix this, branch out to other flavors and give your tongue a varying taste sensation - there are loads out there to choose from!
You Need to Clean Your Coils
Over time, the atomizer coils inside your vape can end up covered in a buildup of dirt and debris, which can burn making tiny particles enter your mouth, which can leave it tasting bitter and your taste buds dulled. If you have a reusable vape, make sure you check the coils and wick for debris regularly or take to your nearest vape shop for inspection. If your vape is disposable and you’re noticing Vaper’s Tongue from what you think is a coil buildup, simply replace with a fresh new coil and you’ll be back to enjoying your favorite e-liquid in no time.
Fixes for Vaper’s Tongue
It might be annoying to hear, but Vaper’s Tongue is one of those things that you often just have to let pass. But it’s well worth it: with the vaping industry on the up and so many delicious and exciting flavors out there to try, your taste buds will soon be thanking you.
Nonetheless, there are some simple things you can do reduce the symptoms of Vaper’s Tongue.
Shake Up Your Taste Buds
Blast your taste buds with an intense flavour to reignite them. Strong flavours like peppermint, ginger and coffee, as well as cinnamon and other spices can work wonders for bringing life back to your tongue. There are some vaping liquids that are marketed as being super strong, so if you want to carry on vaping, choose one of those. You can also sniff strong flavours, like ground coffee, essential oils and menthol to help kickstart your sense of taste and smell in one go.
Brush Your Teeth
Using a toothbrush and some strong, minty toothpaste can help remove the layer over your tongue and mouth caused by vaping. Use mouthwash as well, and brush your tongue as much as is comfortable to cleanse away the layer that is blocking your taste buds.
If after trying these tricks you’re still experiencing Vaper’s Tongue, there may be a bigger problem with your taste buds. However, even if you’ve severely damaged them (this can happen when you burn your tongue on hot food and drinks, or spend a long time around a bonfire), the very best thing you can do is wait for it to heal.
Your tongue is a miraculous organ, and it is able to heal itself very fast. Even with the worst Vaper’s Tongue in the world, it will only take a maximum of two weeks for your tongue to completely return to normal, and everything will taste amazing again.
Vaper’s Tongue is quite a common problem, so if you think you have it, don’t overreact. There are lots of things you can do to reduce its symptoms, without having to resort to the doctor. If you try all of these tips to no avail, and you still can’t taste and enjoy your vaping, the best thing to do is to quit vaping entirely for a short period of time - from one to two weeks - and wait for an improvement. In fact, even if you’re not experiencing Vaper’s Tongue, that glorious taste of your favorite e-liquid after you’ve been on a break is well worth it.