Less intense. Cough variant asthma was not actually described until well into the late 80's or so. It often shows up as a cough resistant to cough meds but helped by asthma meds. Linkage to families where other members have true asthma is common. In my family 2 sibs had bad asthma, mom did not wheeze until >70 & my cough variant asthma was finally evident when they had a name for it.