How to make yourself sick

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Have you ever thought about pretending you’re sick for a day or two just to have some time off? You know you’re not going psychotic and want to make them believe that you are really sick. Just want to relax. Here you will see how to fake sickness and this in a convincing way, you definitely have to work on it to cause some of the symptoms, because you will be more convincing this way.

Some of the most common symptoms of sickness are fever, cough, sneezing, sweating, loss of appetite, hoarseness, headache and so on… Here’s how you get some or all of these symptoms.

While a fever can be a nasty experience, everyone does not hate it. This applies especially to some people who have a bunch of work obligations, so they do not want to go to work the next morning. Below are some steps on how to make yourself sick and to avoid going to work or school.

how to make yourself sick

How to get a fever and temperature

Disclaimer: Don’t go overboard doing silly things, doing so may cause great harm, and we take no responsibility. Be smart, take great care of your health.

  1. Drink ice-cold water repeatedly
  2. Do not eat anything – Be on a complete fast
  3. Overexert yourself by doing some exercise beyond your capacity
  4. Take a bath in cold water, do not dry yourself and sit in an AC or the open air with minimal clothes on the body. Repeat this 2–3 times
  5. Do not sleep as much as possible- Lie down on your open terrace, with minimal clothes or wet clothes.
  6. Pray to God to grant your wish of getting a fever. (Since he rarely gets applications for fever who knows he may grant your wish) via

Keep in mind when you are doing this to make sure you are doing this in secret. God forbid that this gets out to your boss or parents.

A cough

make yourself sick with cough

To fake a cough in front of your boss, spouse, or if you are a student in front of your parents, you have to prepare for it in the preceding days. If you are a smoker, double the use of cigarettes, as many as you can in the shortest period. We must point out that this can impair your health as smoking is otherwise harmful to the body. This advice is only if you would do everything to get sick and thus avoid working day.

If you are a student, in the previous days, drink as much as possible cold beverages, especially after exercise when the body is already warmed. In this way, you will most probably cause several symptoms (fever, sore throat, hoarseness…) but you will surely ensure a well-known cough due to sickness.

Of course, if you’re a great actor, you can easily act out that cough and avoid the health impairment to achieve your goal. This is the best option.

Faking headache

make yourself sick with headache

The easiest thing is to fake a headache because there is no way to verify whether this is so, or you are pretending. Considering the fact that it is easy to fake a headache you do not even need to actually cause a headache, and honestly, we do not know how to get it. If necessary, spend some time on a dangerous drought or something like that, but it is unnecessary to do it to yourself.

So, to fake a headache, you have to fake also the hypersensitivity to light and external factors. Act out the pain and go to bed early, of course, before that, make sure you convinced everyone that you are not able to go tomorrow to work or to school.

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Loss of appetite

make yourself sick with loss of appetite

This is also one of the major symptoms that must be accompanied by all other symptoms to fake a cold, fever and illness successfully. Simply refuse everything they offer you to eat, for sure you will catch a moment alone to insert a bite if you cannot withstand hunger, but of course, making sure that in the front of others show a total lack of interest in food.

When It’s Safe to Make Yourself Throw Up

When It's Safe To Make Yourself Throw Up

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First and foremost, you should consult with your physician and poison control center before trying to induce vomiting.

Most of the time, it’s safe to induce vomiting when you have eaten spoiled or rotten food that is starting to make you ill, if your body doesn’t do it naturally.

It’s also relatively safe to throw up if you have ingested a non-corrosive poison, such as cyanide, heroin, pills, or other drugs.

Methods to Make Yourself Throw Up Instantly

There are dozens of folk remedies to make yourself throw up, however, most of them can be ineffective or have negative side effects.

The safest and most effective methods are the following:

Use Your Index Finger

Methods To Make Yourself Throw Up Instantly

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The quickest way to make yourself throw up is to use clean fingers to trigger your gag reflex.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Wash your hands and cut your nails to avoid scratching your throat.
  • Pull your hair up (if you have long hair) to get it out of your way.
  • Choose where you’re going to vomit. It can either be in the toilet, a bucket, or one of these great disposable vomit bags
  • Sit down or kneel in a way that doesn’t press your abdominal area, you don’t want extra pressure over your stomach.
  • Insert your index finger into your mouth and reach towards the back of the throat.
  • Press the finger down in the back of your throat as far as needed to trigger your gag reflex.
  • Once you start feeling nausea, remove the finger quickly. You’ll likely throw up right away.
  • If you feel nausea but can’t throw up, try once again.
  • Wash your hands after vomiting.
  • Rinse your mouth and do gargles with plain water to remove leftover stomach acid from your mouth and throat.
  • Don’t brush your teeth until 30 minutes after you throw up. Your enamel will be sensitive after coming into contact with your stomach acid.
  • If you can’t trigger your gag reflex this way, try the methods described below.

Watch Other People Throw Up

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Another quick way to induce nausea is to watch other people vomit. This can trigger a strong urge to throw up as well. You can watch videos of other people throwing up to achieve this.

If this isn’t enough to trigger your gag reflex, use your index finger as explained above.

Take Emetics

If you’d rather not use your finger or have almost no gag reflex, take emetics instead. Emetics areover-the-counter drugs that trigger vomiting by causing contractions in your stomach.

The most common emetic is syrup of ipecac.

However, there’s controversy over the safety of ipecac, since it can be toxic in high doses. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not to stock it at home. To prevent side effects, drink only in small amounts.

Follow these steps if you have decided to take ipecac:

  • Follow the directions on the syrup bottle.
  • Drink 1 to 2 glasses of water or 8 to 16 ounces after taking ipecac syrup.
  • If vomiting doesn’t occur within 30 minutes, repeat the dose.
  • If the second dose doesn’t work, contact your doctor immediately.
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Safety information:

  • Avoid taking syrup of ipecac if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Don’t give to children under 12 years of age.
  • Ipecac syrup could cause drowsiness, dizziness, rashes, and allergic reactions.

Ineffective Remedies To Avoid

Baking Soda Solution

Folk remedies to help you throw up are not always effective or safe. They can have side effects you need to take into consideration before trying them.

Anecdotally, these remedies have helped people throw up easily, but there’s no scientific evidence to back up their safety.

Some of the most common recommendations include:

Mustard Solution

Mustard Solution

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A mustard solution is meant to work in a similar way to the salt water solution. The method is to mix one tablespoon of mustard spread in a glass of warm water, drink the solution, and wait 30 minutes for it to take effect.

The unpleasant taste should make you feel like throwing up. As of right now, there’s no scientific evidence to support its effectiveness or guarantee its safety.

Bloodroot Herb

Blood root Herb

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Bloodroot is a medicinal herb that was used by Native Americans to treat fever, cancers, and induce vomiting. The method consists of boiling 1 teaspoon of bloodroot roots in one cup of water. After boiling, let it steep for 20 minutes, strain the tea, and drink it warm.

However, bloodroot has toxic components that make it unsafe to use. High concentrations of bloodroot can cause death. Consult with your physician before trying bloodroot.

If you do choose to go the bloodroot herb root, this Bloodroot Extract is a great choice.



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Some websites advise overeating as a way to induce nausea and vomiting. This method is highly ineffective because it can promote the absorption and digestion of the substances you’re trying to get rid of in the first place. If you can’t vomit by overeating, you’ll only end up bloated and with severe discomfort.

The Side Effects Of Throwing Up

The Side Effects Of Throwing Up

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Throwing up can have the following effects on your body:

Dehydration. Your body loses significant water content when you vomit.

Burns in the esophagus. The stomach acid can cause inflammation, swelling, and burns in your esophagus. This is called esophagitis.

Aspiration. Some of the vomit can reach your airways and lungs, causing aspiration pneumonia. Aspiration can cause swelling and infections in your airways.

Tooth enamel erosion. Stomach acid can soften and erode your tooth enamel.

Tears in the esophagus. This is a severe side effect that happens less often. If you vomit violently and forcefully, the esophagus could tear. Esophageal rupture can cause saliva, food, and vomit to leak into the chest cavity. This condition needs to be addressed by a doctor.

What can we do to feel better?

  • The best thing to do when you’ve been sick is to rest. Lie down for a bit, maybe to watch your favourite TV programme or if you feel really poorly go to bed and sleep
  • Try drinking sips of water regularly
  • If something is worrying you try talking to someone such as your parent/carer, teacher or the school nurse
  • Try to eat some dried toast, plain biscuits or crackers

What can we do about it?

What can you do when you’re presented with a difficult choice?

Here are some simple ways to minimise bad feelings when making decisions:

1. Reframe – break the attachment to negative consequences

Instead of focusing on the negatives, get into gear and do some research about the decision. Become more informed, discuss and get advice. Be sure that you’ve researched the decision as best you can in the circumstances. Ask around, get what information you can, especially if something’s nagging at you, and you haven’t been able to pinpoint it. Sometimes you’re procrastinating for very good, if not yet consciously identified, reasons. Talk your dilemma over with someone you trust and this will help you detach from negative consequences. Research the pros and cons to the best of your ability (if you have the time).

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2. Realign to guiding goals

Remind yourself of your main goals, in life and at work. This will help you with your decisions because you can align your decision with your main guiding goals. If the decision clashes with your goals and values, and your gut definitely doesn’t like what you’re considering then don’t proceed for now.

3. Trick yourself with a quiz

You can create a quiz for yourself. Write out a few questions, walk away a few minutes then come back and write out answers. For example:

  • Name three people that would be good to talk this through with and say why.
  • List three reasons this is a great decision – the pros.
  • List three reasons this decision is a poor one – the cons.
  • List five consequences of your decision then put them in two columns – “okay” and “worries me”
  • When I make this decision who will I tell and how will it feel on a scale of 1 (not a good feeling) to 5 (feels great)?
  • Complete this sentence. When this decision is finally made I will ……

4. Live it a little: take a lucky dip

Write out your answer to the decision you’re making – there may be more than two answers. Put them in a hat and choose one. Now live with that for a few hours – choose an amount of time and live it as if it is true. See how you feel.

Now, set yourself a deadline for the decision. Sometimes you really have to take the plunge on the basis of not much information – and no, there won’t always be safety nets beneath you either. Surround yourself with some padding if the decision warrants it – for example, insurance, savings, expert advice if the going proves difficult – but remind yourself you are the captain of your ship and you’ll look after your cargo, no matter what.

5. Worst-case-scenario desensitisation

What is the worst-case scenario? You fail? You lose something? You make a mistake? Keep going over the worst-case scenario for 30 minutes. Go for a walk and face it. You know what it is and although the dye may be cast, you will take responsibility

It’s tempting for some people to say, “oh well, I made my decision – now the dye is cast”.  They adopt a fatalistic attitude, which is almost worse than the period of indecision that preceded it. It’s just as annoying when people (well-meaning friends plus some enemies) like to wag the metaphorical finger: “You made your bed, now lie in it”.  Not necessarily so. We are not omniscient; sometimes the best decisions and intentions go awry. This is true particularly for those awful crossroad-type decisions (often about a relationship or career move or family member). Some decisions, like babies, should never be left to muddle along unsupervised. Keep watch, as events can veer rapidly, requiring you to dodge an unexpected black swan or two. Be ready to adapt behaviour, should circumstances alter.

By now, you could be thinking the above only seems to apply to tricky or bad decisions. You’d be right, because obviously if a decision plays out in your favour, then life is pretty good.

Eve Ash is a psychologist, author, filmmaker, public speaker and entrepreneur. She runs Seven Dimensions, a company specialising in training resources for the workplace. See the rest of Eve’s blogs here.

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