How to Fake a Fever?

After writing, how to get rid of a cough?, how to break a fever?, and how to get rid of cold?, we are now writing how to fake a fever or make yourself sick? There are plenty of reasons to fake sick. The most common reason is to take leave from school because you have an exam and you did not prepare for it. The other reason is an incomplete homework or maybe you are getting tired of being bullied by your seniors. Whatever the reason is, kids try hard to avoid going to school as they have alternatives like playing video games.

There are adults too, who tend to fake a fever or make themselves sick to avoid going to work because of their annoying boss. Irrespective of the age, the most common reason to fake sick remains the same. People show various symptoms to pretend a sick person. Some just cough a lot and try to fake a sneeze in order to convince their parents. Others will also go through a few elaborated and risky methods of pretending an illness. The tough part about faking sickness is how to make it more realistic and how to increase body temperature to fake fever. Fever is not a disease but it is a symptom that occurs, when the normal body temperature goes over 36.5° and 37.5° range.

How to Fake a Fever or make yourself sick

Ways to Fake a Fever or Make Yourself Sick:

1.) Trick The Thermometer Efficiently

First and the final thing to convenience anyone that you have fever is thermometer measurement of a fever. Most of the parents use a thermometer to check the fever level, when you inform them about your sickness. Now, the instrument can easily spoil your planning and will become your foe. It’s up to you how you trick the thermometer, so that it shows the temperature accordingly.

  • The easiest way to do this is to simply hold the thermometer tightly in your hand and using your thumb rub it repeatedly until you get the desired temperature to fake a fever.
  • You can put laptop on your stomach, forehead or any other body part to make it two or three degrees hot. You can simply use this trick to increase body temperature to fake fever. You can also use an heating pad to increase body temperature to fake fever.
  • Convince your parents to let you go to the bathroom with a thermometer. Keep the thermometer under running hot water until you get the desired temperature. Carefully monitor the temperature to keep it in human temperature range. If you end up showing significantly high fever to your parents then you might end up in the hospital for no reason. In case, the value increases above the desired level then places it under cold water for a while.
  • If you can’t manage to take the thermometer with you then just go alone and drink a lot of very hot water. Make sure you don’t hurt yourself with the hot water.
  • The other way is to keep the thermometer next to a light bulb until its temperature starts rising. Keep reading other ways to make yourself sick without thermometer.

2.) Pretend to Have An Headache

One of the primary symptoms of fever is a severe headache. If you convince others that you are suffering from a headache, then others will definitely figure out that he or she is going to have a fever. So, one can easily pretend a fake fever by a faking headache. To fake a headache that looks natural, you should be familiar with the symptoms of headache which include pain, nausea, vomiting, light headedness, sensitivity to light, going to sleep early, Irritability. While faking a headache, you should also show some signs of pain by squeezing the head using both of your hands while looking down. To make it more realistic, you should also close both the eyes showing some irritation to light.

3.) Pick the Correct Excuse

You will need to decide the correct excuse to fake your sickness. It means you will to figure out the fact that what type of sickness you want to fake in order to skip your school or office. So the first step for you is to pick the type of sickness. Then try to have the prior knowledge about it and its symptoms to get perfection. Do not leave out the minute details, so you will not get caught and then get ready to show off some of your skills or the inner talent to fake a sick.

4.) Do Some Fake Sneezing Activity

If you want to fake sneezing in order to fake you are being sick, then it’s quite easy. This is one of the easiest ways to show you are sick to your colleagues or your boss and your parents also . All you have to do is show the symptoms of sneezing in case of a cold. That will include watery eyes, non-stop sneezing, puffy eyelids, dry nose, twitching nose and sore throat. To start with the procedure you will have to make your feel the irritation.

Take the tip of your tissue and tickle it inside your nasal passage. Make sure nobody is watching you while do it. You will get the reaction of the ticklish feeling of your nose within a minute. Try to repeat it for two more times. You will have endlessly sneezing coming up. It will automatically make eyes watery and puffy. And you feel like coughing. This will make your look really sick. Do not show that you will be fine after sometime. Instead, try to show that you are not able to work properly. Read how to make yourself sneeze faster?

5.) Try To Faint In Style

To faint in school or office is the very common way everyone likes to show to fake a sickness. Don’t forget that there are some conditions associated with it. The teenagers and older generation have more chances to faint naturally. The middle-aged ones do not try to fake a faint more often in office, else your boss will think that you have been suffering from anemia. So, it is not good for your work profile. Therefore, the main symptoms of faint includes a blurred vision, dizziness, feeling weak, blood pressure lowers down and sweating. The next part is to put some action in front of your office or school mates.

You just have to show your feeling hot and dizziness. The next thing should be that you lost control of yourself while standing or sitting. When you show that you are back in your sense give appropriate reason like you have skipped your morning meal, etc.

6.) Show a Fake Throw Up

This is another trick that will help you in the morning from missing your school. While for an office worker to leave office in the middle of work can also be helpful. To show that you are about to throw up and also to throw up in reality is possible, even if you are not sick. You just have to show that the symptoms like dizziness, feeling hot. The next thing for you is to run to the washroom and start in into action. To actually throw up in reality you can directly put your index finger in your mouth. Try to do till you feel the gag and actually end up puking. This will actually give you the feeling of being sick. You can also read how to induce vomiting? 

7.) Try To Show Nausea

The feeling of nausea can also save you to show a fake sick. You just need the right instruments. In short, the symptoms like puckish feeling, looking pale, feeling uneasy or dizziness, sweating over your forehead. The next is to show up that you are having a feeling of an upset stomach. Just then, rush to the wash room. Then come back to your sit with a pale and sick look on your face to show diarrhea. Once everyone is convinced of your situation, show that you want to leave and go home to get some rest.

8.) Do Some Shivering

Feeling cold is one of the most common signs of fever so to make yourself sick, you need do fake shivering at some point. There is no need to tell you, how to act like feeling cold? Just tighten your both arms and vibrate your body. You can also put some ice under your clothes to make your acting more realistic. It is one of the easiest methods to fake sick without overdoing with the symptoms. 

9.) Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite is a very common symptom if you are suffering from a fever. When you are pretending to have fever, this should be the very first point in your mind. Don’t attack on food, act like you don’t feel like eating your meal until you parents forcefully make you have it. You should also keep a watch on others, while eating otherwise you will be in problem. Rejecting the meal will prove that you are actually sick.

10.) Wake Up Early Morning

Getting up early in the morning is very important to accomplish your goal to fake a fever. Parents are definitely going to touch your head, so you have to get yourself prepared.

  • The first thing you should do is to feel cold because it is one of the common symptoms of having a fever. Put your whole body under a thick blanket to raise body temperature.
  • Drink hot water just before your parents knock the door, hot water increases your body temperature up to two degrees. Take control over the thermometer such that you can easily trick it.

11.) Discuss Your Symptoms Constantly

People usually stop showing signs and symptoms, once they convinced their parents. If you stop showing the symptoms after a few hours then your trick will be caught by your parents. Keep on discussing your symptoms throughout the day to make it more realistic but don’t overdo. The worst thing about pretending is that you actually do not know the extent you have to do this, so keeping the things simple is, of course, the best idea. Your body language will be like that you don’t need to speak that you are sick.

12.) Stay Unfocused From Everything

You can’t focus easily on the things while suffering from a fever. When you are faking sick, you should remember not to indulge in any physical activity and other activities that can strain your head and eyes which includes, playing video games, watching television, surfing the internet, going out to play and constantly using your cell phone. Indulging into such activities will tend to create a doubt in your parents mind. Try to spend time lying on the bed to pretend that you are actually sick. People often forget that only high temperature does not make a person sick, there are also tons of symptoms associated with that.

You should consider some most common symptoms to make yourself sick. Also, you should act like it takes too much effort to move your muscles. Limit your activity and walk slowly, speak in low pitch. This is the time to show up your hidden acting talent.

13.) Don’t Overdo Anything

You just have to convince your parents that you are a little sick. If you overdo faking a fever then you might end getting some diagnostic tests. The acting should be natural, so that your parents get convinced that your are just a bit ill and things are not sever. Despite all the efforts your parents won’t agree until they witness increased body temperature in thermometer. To trick thermometer refer the first point.

  • Overdoing an illness may give unnecessary tension to your parents and this can even lead to a punishment when get caught.
  • The silly mistake people usually do to fake fever is putting a thermometer in the oven. Putting a thermometer in the oven will raise its temperature very high and can also crack it. Never ever try this stupid trick. It can even burst the over and result in setting the whole house on fire.

Additional Useful Tips to Fake a Fever:

  • Don’t play once your parents agree to take leave. However, keep doing homework. This will show your parents that you care. Thus, it will add an authenticity to your act. 
  • Use a heating pad to raise the temperature of your forehead. Put a blanket over you that makes you sweat too.
  • Do not overdo faking a fever as you might end getting some unnecessary diagnostic tests.
  • After taking a day off, you should not suddenly appear to get better. You have pretended sick throughout the day.
  • Do not put any thermometer in the microwave. It will not work and you’ll end up destroying the thermometer.
  • Drinking a cup of hot coffee can also raise your body temperature to a certain extent.
  • People say that placing a slice of onion or a garlic clove under your armpit can also raise your body temperature. (Never tried)


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