5 Tips to Prevent or Fix Vaper’s Tongue
If you’ve been vaping for a while, you may have already experienced the phenomenon known as “vaper’s tongue” without knowing what it was. Basically, when a person has vaper’s tongue, it means that they have unexpectedly lost the ability to taste the flavour of their e-liquid for a period of time, usually one to three days or so. This condition is harmless, temporary, and causes no lasting damage – but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. Here are five tips for getting rid of vaper’s tongue (or preventing it in the first place) and getting back to enjoying your favourite e-juice.
1. Switch to a different vape juice
People who enjoy e-cigs and vapes will usually find one or two flavours of e-liquid that they like more than all the others. That’s fine – just make sure that your favourite isn’t the only one you ever use. Switching between several different e-liquids is the easiest and most effective way to avoid ever developing vaper’s tongue or to get rid of it quickly if it does occur.
2. Drink enough fluids
Drinking enough water isn’t only important for your health; it can also help you get the most flavour out of your e-juice. Upping your water intake – particularly if you are a frequent vaper – will help prevent dry mouth and ensure that your saliva production is adequate to support the optimal function of your taste buds.
3. Vape a little less
We get it – vaping is highly enjoyable and so satisfying that it’s hard to stop, especially when it’s so convenient. However, constant “chain vaping” can take a toll on your ability to experience your vape juice to the fullest. If you find that you are vaping too often or craving it all the time, you may want to try switching to a higher nicotine content that’s better suited to your needs.
4. Quit smoking
One of the best things you can do for your health and for the quality of your vaping experience is to kick the habit for good. If you’re smoking and vaping, consider letting vaping be your only source of nicotine. Your clothes and breath will smell better, you’ll be able to get your fix in more places, and your senses of smell and taste will work better, too.
5. Cut down on caffeine and alcohol
Although alcoholic and caffeinated beverages do contain water, they are both technically diuretics and will dry out your mouth, possibly leading to the dreaded vaper’s tongue (not to mention the health risks and unpleasant symptoms associated with being dehydrated). A great rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water for each beer, glass of wine, or shot.
As mentioned, vaper’s tongue typically lasts one to three days, although it can last up to a week. However, if your symptoms persist longer than that and you’ve tried switching flavours, drinking more water, and the other tips above, it’s unlikely that it’s your vape that’s causing the issue. There are many other causes of dry mouth and loss of taste and smell, such as certain medications or damaged taste buds (for example, when you burn your mouth on food that’s too hot). However, these tips should help abolish most cases of vaper’s tongue, getting you back to full enjoyment of your favourite e-juice in no time.