Have a Runny Nose or Have Runny Nose. Which Is Correct?

We say "have a runny nose" (not "have runny nose").

We say "have a runny nose" (not "have runny nose").

My child has a runny nose.

My child has runny nose.

Singular countable symptoms, such as "runny nose", are preceded by an article (a, an, the) or another determiner (this, that, my, your, his, etc.).

Mary has a runny nose and keeps coughing.

Having a runny nose is a typical flu symptom.

Peter went to school with his runny nose.

A partial list of symptom names that also take the article a/an:

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