Glands can also swell following an injury, such as a cut or bite, near the gland or when
a tumor or infection occurs in the mouth, head, or neck
. A clinical examination and local examination of the lymph nodes (size, shape, exact location, mobility)are very important in determining the exact cause. Taste buds can become inflamed due to injury from hot food or drink or due to irritation from a virus or throat infection. Treatment will depend on the underlying cause.