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Have you ever been vaping your favourite e-liquid flavour, only to find it suddenly doesn’t taste like it used to? You might notice it’s not as intense, or you just can’t taste much at all. You may have been struck down with a case of vaper’s tongue! The good news is, there are not only several causes, but several solutions, as well.
What is Vaper’s Tongue?
Vaper’s tongue also referred to as flavour fatigue, is when you lose your sense of taste while vaping. It might not disappear altogether, but you can often notice that flavours you used to love are no longer as intense.
Most vapers will experience at least a minor case of vaper’s tongue at some point. Fortunately, those who do get it often find that it lasts for less than a day or up to three days at most.
You might be wondering why it’s called vaper’s tongue when flavour fatigue tends to describe this strange phenomenon a little better. It tends to relate to what the sufferer feels when they experience vaper’s tongue.
They might notice that their tongue feels like it’s coated with something and believe it’s that coating that’s contributing to the loss of flavour. In reality, though, there is probably nothing on your tongue – it just feels that way.
Other Causes of Vaper’s Tongue
While vaping is, of course, responsible for flavour fatigue most of the time, that’s not always the case. If you find that you’re struggling to taste your e-liquid of choice more often than not, then it’s also worth looking at other potential causes.
We all know that smoking cigarettes is harmful for our health. Still, some people choose to vape and smoke, either because they prefer to, or they are transitioning from smoking to vaping. Smoking cigarettes can damage your taste buds. So, your lack of taste may not be as much related to vaping as it is to smoking, instead.
If you notice that you’re losing the flavour of your e-liquid while you’re drinking alcohol, then your beverage may also play a part in vaper’s tongue. Alcohol doesn’t necessarily affect flavours, but it can numb your texture receptors. As a result, flavours and textures of anything you put in your mouth can be less intense for a short period.
If you eat a spicy meal followed by a long drag on your vape, you may struggle to know which one is the cause of your loss of taste. Sure, it can be your vape liquid, but it can also be the spicy food.
Ingredients such as chillies contain capsaicin, which can deaden your pain receptors. Over time, these receptors will regenerate. In the meantime, you may have to put up with a less intense e-liquid flavour.
Dry Mouth / Dehydration
Perhaps one of the most common causes of vapour tongue is dehydration and a dry mouth. The two primary ingredients in e-liquids – VG and PG suck moisture out of their environment. So, you can lose your sense of taste and suffer from vaper’s tongue.
How to Prevent or Fix Vaper’s Tongue
Sure, vaper’s tongue, or flavour fatigue, is inconvenient. However, it’s probably helpful to know that you can prevent it or fix it. You can let it runs its course, but it can also help to do the following.
If you’ve been using your vape product all day and notice flavour fatigue, then drink more water. Remember, we’re supposed to drink around two litres of water per day, so get chugging! You may even find that once you hydrate yourself, you notice that same intense vape flavour you know and love.
If you’re a smoker and have vaper’s tongue, then it’s only natural for one of the solutions to your problem is to stop smoking. Not only can you stop vaper’s tongue, but you can also protect your health and save yourself a lot of money in the process.
Change Your Flavour
Change is rarely a bad thing, and the same rule applies to e-liquids. If it has been some time since you’ve looked at other vape flavours, then having flavour fatigue can be an excellent excuse to start. The market is full of different standout flavours that are bound to appeal.
You may like to try something fruity like blueberry, or something that quenches your thirst like cola. There are also several tobacco flavours, dessert flavours, and quirky combinations that are worth trying.
Check Your Vape Coil
If you notice a burnt flavour, as opposed to a specific flavour loss, then check your coil. You may need to change out the coil or wick. You can then refill the tank and possibly solve the problem that way.
Improve Your Vaping Experience
After finding out the most common causes of vaper’s tongue, along with some solutions, you may be on the right track to avoiding or stopping it from happening. However, if you notice that flavour loss continues, or it’s occurring with food and other substances, then consult a health professional.