How to cure vapers tongue?
I searched all over the internet looking for the answer, I’ve read medical articles, Science journals, other vaping blogs, and I have boiled down the basic fundamentals of why we get ” Vapers Tongue.”
Taken from merckmanuals.com
Our sense of taste is tied very closely to our sense of smell, as you can see in the diagram (above) When we taste something we are actually experiencing a combination of 2 sensations,
taste, and smell
such as if you hold your nose and take a hit off your e-cig you will most likely not taste much of anything
but as soon as you take your hand off you taste it. Weird ha. So when looking for a reason why you no longer taste your e-juice stop and think it could be a respiratory issue as well as a taste bud/ tongue issue.
5 ways you could get Vapers Tongue
By knowing how we get something, we can then use that knowledge to fix the problem.
1. Vaping the same E-Juice flavor too much
One reason people get what is called “vapers tongue” is from always vaping the same e-juice flavor, kinda like after you were smoking cigs for a bit the horrible cig taste went away and you no longer tasted the crap, well your taste buds like flavor variety, you could say variety is their sole purpose in life is to detect the difference in flavors, so when they get the same flavor day in and day out they get bored.
2.Damaged taste buds
For whatever reason maybe you started smoking cigs again for some reason or you eat a lot of spicy foods anything that can damage your taste buds could then be then a possible cause for you not tasting your e-juice. Some other things that can damage your taste buds Stress has been proven to “change” your taste buds effect, even breathing through your mouth can alter your taste buds it can affect your salivary glands and bacteria in your mouth.
Dehydration is one of my personal favorites to remedy this cause. Dehydration can reak havoc on your taste buds,Dehydration can cause a white coating to develop on you tongue dulling their effect to work properly, Chefs know this one all too well, plus being dehydrated is a serious medical issue and you know the rule “if your thirsty then your already dehydrated “
4. Being sick
Being sick is another no brainer, if you get sick then all of a sudden notice you can’t taste your e-juice then it’s probably safe to say that’s the cause, being sick can block your nose that is a very important tool is our sense of taste, Humans have specialized sensory cells in the nasal cavity called olfactory sensory neurons. These neurons give us our sense of smell. If you’re stopped up due to a cold, it impedes those senses and you aren’t able to smell or taste as well.
Other possible illnesses
- Injury to the mouth, nose, or head
- gum inflammation (such as gingivitis or periodontal disease)
- Common cold
- infection of the sinuses
- Sjogren’s syndrome (an autoimmune disease that causes dry mouth and dry eyes)
- Vitamin B12 or zinc deficiency
- Disorders of the nervous system can also be one reason to have a loss in taste
A HUGE number of medications out on the market can and will mess up your sense of taste, some medications its one of the main side effects, So the first step is if you think you have vapers tongue and are taking medications, why not take a look are the medications and maybe google them to find out if that is a side effect. Its also good to note Radiation treatments can affect your sense of smell and taste because they can damage your salivary glands and also cause dry mouth. Saliva is essential to the ability to taste because it mixes with the food in your mouth and stimulates your taste buds.
- beta blockers
- Thyroid Drugs
- Arthritis Drugs
- blood pressure medications
- ACE inhibitors.
As you can now clearly see the cause of what we know as “vapers tongue” or loss of taste and smell can be caused by a huge number of factors, in some cases I’m sure you may even have a few of these, I know for one I don’t drink enough water so I’m almost always dehydrated. That’s 1 right off the bat, So we talked about what could be causing this little annoyance, now let’s talk about some ways to fix said problem.
5 Ways to Cure Vapers Tongue
1. Switch up the flavor
Like we talked about above your taste buds love variety, so this solution should be a no brainer if you have been vaping the same flavor of e-juice for 5 months and realize you don’t taste it. Then maybe it’s time to venture out and try another blend for a bit. We have 15 different E-juice flavors to choose from
2. Re-Hydrate yo Self
As we talked about in the first half of this article dehydration can be a real issue when it comes to your sense of taste and smell, luckily there is a very easy solution and something you should be doing anyway DRINK MORE WATER.
3. Cleansing Your Pallet
This trick is all over the internet, they say sucking on a lemon will help cleanse your palate, a few other tricks for cleansing your palate is drinking water and eating saltine crackers as well as drinking milk can help cleanse your palate,
4.Proper dental hygiene
Next to drinking water this is another good one, we already talked about how gingivitis can cause a loss of taste and how some foods can also cause that, so brushing your teeth will kill 2 birds with 1 stone, plus (ya should already be doing it anyway.)
Gingivitis is a fixable issue. Here is a great article by a friend of ours that will help you cure/fix this common ailment
5.Be smart and think
In the list above we talked about many cause and effects for loosing your sense of taste and or smell aka “vapers tongue” If you take step back and think did I start taking medications, or have I not been drinking enough water, you are the only person who can tell you all these things. If you try these and still nothing maybe you should go check with a doctor just to be safe.