What is Vape Tongue & How To Fix It?

When your taste buds give up all of a sudden and you can’t taste the flavor of your favorite e-juice anymore, it could be a frightening and alarming experience. 

But, let me tell you—it’s a very common issue among vapers and it happens to almost every aggressive vaper at least once in their vaping life. There are several reasons why this could happen and each cause can be easily fixed without having to run to a doctor. 

I know how annoying and depressing it could feel, but with the tips and fixes that I’m going to share in this article, you’ll be able to remedy your vape tongue easily. Read on and learn all there is to know about vape tongue and how to fix it. 

What is Vape Tongue?

While vaping, if you lose the sensation of taste all of a sudden either partially or completely, that condition is referred to as vape tongue or vaper’s tongue. Your tongue becomes numb and you can’t taste anything else either. 

Although it may seem like the end of the world then, you should know that this is a universal phenomenon and you’re not alone. Vape Tongue is also not permanent and can be cured in a few days. 

Before we look at how to fix this issue, let’s look at some possible culprits behind this condition. 

What Causes Vape Tongue? 7 Culprits for Your Loss of Taste

1. Repeated Flavor 

When we find the one right e-juice that we oh so love, all that we want to do is vape just that and nothing else. However, if you consistently vape the same flavor, your taste buds can develop resistance to that flavor. 

While this is something that happens regularly, this is also the most basic cause of a vaper’s tongue. 

To see if the repeating flavor is the reason for your vape tongue, try some other flavors like watermelon, blueberry, or even cotton candy. A new flavor should bring back your sense of taste.

2. Dehydration

Vaping requires a lot of moisture from your tongue and when you chain vape, you’re bound to get dehydrated eventually. I strongly recommend that you keep sipping water while you vape as it doesn’t only prevent you from having a vaper’s tongue but also improves your overall health! 

3. Damaged Taste Buds 

Anything done excessively naturally changes the way our body works by default. Similarly, if you consume spicy foods a lot and vape a lot, this excessiveness eventually harms your taste buds. 

If you control your vape time and cut down on your spicy food intake, this problem can be prevented. 

4. Stuffy Nose 

It’s a widely known fact that the nose is a crucial factor for healthy taste buds. If you’re sick or you have a blocked nose and you can’t taste anything, you won’t be able to taste your e-liquids either. 

5. Smoking 

If you’re someone who smokes and vapes regularly, Vaper’s Tongue is a very common condition that you will experience as both these activities put tremendous pressure on your taste and smell senses. 

6. Stressful Lifestyle

Almost every lifestyle choice these days comes with stress, which affects the hormones in your body. These kinds of hormonal changes could impact anything in your body—taste buds included! 

7. Medications

It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor about the possible side effects of the long-term drugs you’ve been prescribed. This is because vaping could add more stress to your tongue when vaped while using certain medicines. 

How to Fix Vape Tongue? 5 Fixes that (Often) Work

Keep in mind that it could take a week or two for your taste buds to start functioning again—without you having to do anything about it—but meanwhile, you can follow the following tips to speed up your recovery process. 

1. Keep Yourself Hydrated 

Drinking at least three to four liters of water regularly will not only improve your palate but will also boost your health. If water bores you, try adding some lemon slices or make some fruit juices and drink up. 

2. Switch Your E-Liquid 

Try vaping an e-liquid with stronger flavor and taste. Many vapers swear by this quick and fun fix. 

Don’t go back to your old e-liquid just yet. Take a break of at least four weeks before you take it out again. 

3. Practice Good Oral Hygiene 

Try using a strong alcohol-based mouthwash to help you regain your sense of taste. When you rinse a few times, the thick coating on your tongue reduces, giving your taste buds their glory back. 

Using a tongue scraper can also help you with fixing your sleeping tongue. 

4. Try Stronger Flavors 

Another easy homemade remedy is sucking on a ripe lemon slice or sipping some strong hot coffee. The strong flavors in these help your nose regain the lost smell and also reactivate your tongue by overwhelming it with a stronger taste.

Even pickles, vinegar, chilled carbonated water, or sodas can help. 

5. Rinse and Gargle 

Using over-the-counter nasal-wash solutions to clean your nose once every week would not only help you breathe more easily but could also help fix your loss of smell. Similarly, use medicinal solutions or cold-pressed oils to gargle and ease your throat. 

Even if doing these doesn’t relieve you of your condition, they sure are safe, hygienic practices with other benefits! 

Wrap Up

If you haven’t experienced vape tongue, chances are you might soon. Use the tips shared in this article, like staying hydrated, to avoid being a victim yourself. 

Even if you get this condition, remember that it’s not a big deal and will resolve itself within a week or two. Until it does, it could be a great opportunity for you to wean yourself off of vaping for a while, experience other pleasures, and win some health while you’re at it.