Culture The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick  

Samantha Dillinger
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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

1
138 16
Vomiting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Vomiting

2
111 24
Fever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Fever

3
109 26
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Food Poisoning

4
97 24
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Diarrhea

5
71 27
Migraine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Migraine

6
63 24
Flu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Flu

7
55 20
Kid Sick At Home is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kid Sick At Home

8
53 22
Injury From An Accident is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Injury From An Accident

9
45 20
Pneumonia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Pneumonia

10
56 30
Mental Health Break is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Mental Health Break

11
40 17
Strep Throat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Strep Throat

12
46 25
Back Pain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Back Pain

13
39 22
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Nausea

14
37 21
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Doctor's Appointment

15
27 16
Kidney Infection is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Infection

16
28 18
Dizziness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Dizziness

17
37 30
Common Cold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Common Cold

18
22 18
Close Family Member's Illness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Close Family Member's Illness

19
23 20
Tonsillitis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Tonsillitis

20
30 28
Depression is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Depression

21
23 23
Sick Pet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sick Pet

22
18 18
Kidney Stones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Stones

23
16 18
Elective Surgery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Elective Surgery

24
20 23
Asthma Attack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Asthma Attack

25
22 27
Allergies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Allergies

26
19 24
Headache is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Headache

27
19 25
Sore Throat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sore Throat

28
23 30
Anxiety is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Anxiety

29
16 24
Cough is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Cough

30
18 28
Toothache is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Toothache

31
19 30
PMS is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
PMS

32
16 28
Sprained Ankle/Other Minor Inj... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sprained Ankle/Other Minor Injury

33
9 27
Fatigue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Fatigue