Health 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
278 36
Vomiting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Vomiting
2
205 37
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Diarrhea
3
208 44
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Food Poisoning
4
191 41
Fever is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Fever
5
139 42
Migraine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Migraine
6
108 28
Flu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Flu
7
87 27
Injury From An Accident is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Injury From An Accident
8
77 29
Kid Sick At Home is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kid Sick At Home
9
72 28
Pneumonia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Pneumonia
10
68 27
Strep Throat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Strep Throat
11
68 30
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Nausea
12
82 43
Back Pain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Back Pain
13
63 31
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Doctor's Appointment
14
53 28
Kidney Infection is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Infection
15
45 22
Kidney Stones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Stones
16
80 55
Mental Health Break is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Mental Health Break
17
52 31
Dizziness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Dizziness
18
41 27
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
45 31
Tonsillitis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Tonsillitis
20
57 44
Common Cold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Common Cold
21
42 33
Asthma Attack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Asthma Attack
22
48 42
Depression is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Depression
23
31 26
Elective Surgery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Elective Surgery
24
35 39
Sick Pet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sick Pet
25
33 37
Sprained Ankle/Other Minor Inj... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sprained Ankle/Other Minor Injury