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
118 14
Vomiting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Vomiting

2
101 22
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Food Poisoning

3
96 20
Fever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Fever

4
82 24
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Diarrhea

5
64 25
Migraine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Migraine

6
57 20
Flu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Flu

7
52 17
Kid Sick At Home is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kid Sick At Home

8
50 19
Injury From An Accident is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Injury From An Accident

9
43 18
Pneumonia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Pneumonia

10
50 27
Mental Health Break is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Mental Health Break

11
35 15
Strep Throat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Strep Throat

12
41 21
Back Pain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Back Pain

13
38 21
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Nausea

14
35 19
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Doctor's Appointment

15
28 16
Dizziness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Dizziness

16
22 16
Kidney Infection is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Infection

17
33 30
Common Cold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Common Cold

18
21 17
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
22 19
Tonsillitis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Tonsillitis

20
29 27
Depression is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Depression

21
16 17
Kidney Stones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Stones

22
19 21
Asthma Attack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Asthma Attack

23
22 25
Allergies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Allergies

24
15 17
Elective Surgery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Elective Surgery

25
20 23
Sick Pet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sick Pet

26
23 28
Anxiety is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Anxiety

27
17 21
Headache is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Headache

28
18 23
Sore Throat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sore Throat

29
15 22
Cough is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Cough

30
17 27
Toothache is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Toothache

31
16 27
Sprained Ankle/Other Minor Inj... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sprained Ankle/Other Minor Injury

32
17 30
PMS is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
PMS

33
8 25
Fatigue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Fatigue