- What is vaper’s tongue?
- What causes vaper’s tongue?
- How to avoid vaper’s tongue
- Five ways to get rid of vapers tongue
Vaper’s tongue – also known as ‘Vaping Flavor Exhaustion’ – is when a vaper loses the ability to taste the flavor of vape juice. It’s often unexpected and can cause panic to the greenhorn who’s just bought their first vaping starter kit, but it’s an almost ubiquitous experience for seasoned vapers.
Some users report that they can’t taste their juice at all, or that their tongue feels weird – as if it was covered with a thick film.
Don’t worry. Vaper’s tongue isn’t permanent and usually lasts between one and three days.
If you’re experiencing this temporary loss of vaping enjoyment, then don’t fret. By understanding the causes of vaper’s tongue we can learn how to fix it and prevent future occurrences.
To answer this question, let’s start by looking at the dictionary definition of flavor: “the particular way a substance, esp. food or drink, is recognized from its taste and smell”. It’s common knowledge that around 80% of the flavors we taste come from smell, so maybe vaper’s nose would be a more fitting description.
Take the story of a jet-setting wine taster who attends tasting sessions and judges competitions week in, week out. After hours of swirling, sniffing, sipping, and spitting she finally loses her ability to distinguish between a Zinfandel and a Pinot Noir. This is known as olfactory fatigue and is an example of sensory adaptation. It’s been theorized that humans developed this trait as a survival mechanism, allowing our primitive selves to filter out constant sensations and focus on changes in the environment that posed the most danger.
As a vaper, you’re likely being much less conservative than our wine taster. So, it’s not surprising that vapers experience this from time to time.
A number of health-related issues including allergies and infections can also be to blame.
As the old saying goes, prevention is the best form of medicine; vaping is no different. If you’re yet to experience vaper’s tongue or you want to stop it from happening again, then read on.
Don’t forgo the H20
Staying hydrated is the key to a healthy life and a healthy tongue. The recommended daily fluid intake is around 15.5 cups for men and 11.5 for women, and not meeting these guidelines can cause a number of problems including dry mouth and a loss of taste.
Ditch the cigs
Smoking tobacco is probably the most common cause of taste disturbance in adults. The more you smoke, the less you taste; it’s as simple as that. Fortunately, it’s been shown that quitting cigarettes leads to the rapid recovery of your tasting ability.
Clean your tongue
Oral health should be a priority for all of us, but many people forget that it’s important to clean your tongue regularly. A dirty tongue could be causing a build-up of food and bacteria, preventing you from enjoying vaping.
Change up your flavors
Is your tongue bored? We’ve talked about olfactory fatigue and sensory adaptation already, so this seems like an obvious solution. Take a gamble and try a new flavor. MyFreedomSmokes currently stocks a huge range of flavored e-liquid from all of the best brands in the vaping world.
Rejuvenation through coffee
Before you make your morning cup of joe, grab the bag and take a long deep sniff. In the same way the Japanese use ginger as a palate cleanser between bites of sushi, coffee beans can be used as a ‘nasal palate cleanser’ between puffs on your vaping device.
High-end perfume sellers often keep coffee beans on hand to reduce the effects of their customers’ olfactory fatigue while testing fragrances, so if you’re suffering from vaper’s tongue this might just be the kickstart your nose and tongue need.
Sniff your elbow
Not advisable while at work – unless you’re comfortable with looking slightly unhinged – it’s believed you can recover your taste and smell by sniffing your own unperfumed skin. The reasoning behind this is simple: one’s own skin is thought to be the ‘baseline smell’ for each person.
Rinse your nose
Cleaning your nose could be an effective remedy to the loss of smell and taste caused by a number of things, including infections and allergies. You can do this using a homemade saltwater solution.
Take a break
We all need a vacation occasionally and your tongue is no exception. If you’ve been continuously vaping for months or even years, try taking a vaping break for a few days and give your tongue a little time to find its mojo again.