Although vaping is recognised as a better choice to smoking, it’s got some drawbacks.
One of the biggest issues people face after they’ve been vaping for a while is what’s known as ‘vaper’s tongue’.
Vaper’s tongue usually presents itself as a change in your ability to taste things.
You might notice your favourite e-liquid has started tasting a little different.
Or you might not be able to taste it at all anymore.
You might also notice your general sense of taste has reduced.
While it can be frustrating, it’s nothing serious and there’s no need to worry – it’s easily fixed.
What causes vaper’s tongue?
There are many things that could’ve caused your vaper’s tongue.
Some are more obvious, like if you’ve just quit smoking or if you’re constantly using the same flavour e-liquid.
But others you might not have thought about:
Damaged taste buds
Lots of things have the potential to damage your taste buds, including smoking, infections, extremely sour or spicy foods and some medications.
Your taste buds are able to heal themselves, and take up to two weeks to regrow.
Although it might be a while until you notice your taste starting to return, it’s nothing to worry about.
Dehydration often goes unnoticed, and could be the cause of your vaper’s tongue.
Other telling symptoms to watch out for include headaches, a sore or dry mouth, tiredness, etc.
Stress and anxiety
Among a list of other symptoms, anxiety and stress can cause changes to your taste, and even if you don’t think you’re currently dealing with stress or anxiety, it’s possible you’re experiencing vaper’s tongue because of it.
Some medications can cause some loss of taste. If you’re taking any medication check the list of side effects. It could be it’s your current course of treatment that is causing some loss of taste rather than your vape.
How can I fix my vaper’s tongue?
Being really easy to get rid of, it shouldn’t be a massive cause for concern.
There are many tried and tested ways you can deal with it and here are a few of the most effective:
Change up your e-liquid
You might find staying away from your favourite liquid a bit difficult, and why would you want to?
Switching your liquid could actually be the cure to your vaper’s tongue.
Studies show that smoking the same flavours over and over again can mean your taste buds get used to the flavour, and quickly – until you can’t taste it anymore.
You can prevent vaper’s tongue from happening by finding a few different liquids that you love, switching between them to make sure your favourites stay that way.
Opt for a stronger flavour
Ditching your more subtle flavoured liquids and replacing them with stronger, more down to earth menthol or mint flavours could be the answer to getting rid of your vaper’s tongue.
If you’ve just quit smoking, give your tastebuds time to adjust
If you’ve just made the switch from smoking, you might start noticing a change in your taste or notice that it has disappeared altogether.
You’re probably experiencing vaper’s tongue.
It is scientifically proven that smoking can temporarily stunt your tastebuds but once you stop the problem should resolve itself; be patient, you’ll be able to enjoy all your favourite flavours in no time!
Whether you’ve lost your taste as a result of dehydration or smoking the same liquid too much, drinking water addresses two potential problems.
It will help to cleanse your palette and eliminate dehydration.
Make sure you’re cleaning your kit
Vape coils need to be cleaned regularly, when was the last time you cleaned yours?
If it’s been a while and you’re noticing your favourite liquids tasting dull or unpleasant, chances are it’s because your coil is dirty and clogged up.
Taking your device apart once every week and cleaning everything thoroughly will prevent this from happening and keep everything tasting as it should.
If you’re ready to switch up your e-liquid or need to replace your vaping equipment, Cloudstix is a specialist supplier of vape and e-cigarette supplies in the UK, browse their selection and find the right thing to help bring vaper’s tongue back under control.