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The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick 

Samantha Dillinger
Updated April 25, 2020 6.4k votes 1.6k voters 37.8k views 33 items

List Rules Vote up the best go-to "illnesses" to get you out of work.

Whether you're a little hungover or simply need a break from office life, sometimes you need a good excuse for calling in sick last minute. While it's uncouth to lie to your boss or supervisor habitually, the occasional little white lie probably won't cost you your job as long as you have some believable sick day excuses. If you just want a day to lounge in bed and watch television, here you'll find a list of ailments that aren't terribly hard to fake. 

Good sick day excuses are generally pretty simple, but also need to be justifiable reasons to spend a day on the couch. The key is finding an illness that's debilitating, but temporary. Things like food poisoning, a high fever, or a migraine can render you useless for a 24 hour period only. Therefore, your boss and coworkers won't get suspicious when you show up to the office all better the following day.

You have sick leave for a reason, so you might as well use it, even if it’s because you drank too many margaritas on Taco Tuesday. If you're wondering how to call in sick, you'll find a great list of what to say below.

list ordered by
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Vomiting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Vomiting
2
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Diarrhea
3
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Food Poisoning
4
Fever is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Fever
5
Migraine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Migraine
6
Flu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Flu
7
Injury From An Accident ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Injury From An Accident
8
Strep Throat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Strep Throat
9
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Nausea
10
Pneumonia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Pneumonia
11
Kid Sick At Home is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kid Sick At Home
12
Mental Health Break is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Mental Health Break
13
Back Pain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Back Pain
14
Kidney Infection is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Infection
15
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Doctor's Appointment
16
Dizziness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Dizziness
17
Kidney Stones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Stones
18
Tonsillitis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Tonsillitis
19
Asthma Attack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Asthma Attack
20
Depression is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Depression
21
Close Family Member's Il... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Close Family Member's Illness
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Common Cold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Common Cold
23
Elective Surgery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Elective Surgery
24
Anxiety is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Anxiety
25
Sprained Ankle/Other Min... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sprained Ankle/Other Minor Injury