One symptom is difficulty swallowing. When the esophagus becomes chronically inflamed it can even spasm and cause food to become lodged or impacted. This is a quite painful reaction, which may result in the individual regurgitating water and saliva. Often these symptoms are quite alarming and patients will seek immediate medical treatment in the emergency room. Fortunately, the symptoms resolve once the food has passed or after it is removed via endoscopy. Foods that typically become impacted are items that are thick in consistency, such as meat, or items that swell with the introduction of fluid, such as bread or rice.