Asthma, a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, is characterized by variable and recurring symptoms such as reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm. Common symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a type of obstructive lung disease, is characterized by chronically poor airflow. It typically worsens over time. The main symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, and sputum production. Most people with chronic bronchitis have COPD.
Rhinitis is defined as irritation and inflammation of the mucous membrane inside the nose. Common symptoms are a stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing, and post-nasal drip.