How to Get Rid of Sickness in Dayz

The Soviet Republic of Chernarus is a dangerous place. You can run into fast and aggressive infected zombies, hostile players, animals, and a variety of diseases.

How to Get Rid of Sickness in Dayz

You have to scrape for food, clean water, clothes, and gear. This is one survival game that doesn’t make it easy on its players.

Combating sickness is one of the most difficult things to do in DayZ due to the scarcity of medical resources. It also doesn’t help that there are very strict rules to follow regarding interactions with food and items if you want to avoid getting sick.

But that’s why it’s so fun yet realistic at the same time. If you want to know how to cure sickness in DayZ, strap on for the ride. There are a few of them you need to know about.

How to Get Rid of Sickness in DayZ?

Depending on the type of sickness, there are different solutions to the problem. It’s important to understand that all pills have some sort of effect on all diseases in the game.

However, each pill also has a clear purpose, so it’s vital to know what to take depending on the sickness your survivor has.

Here’s a list of things that can affect your character’s health and how you can treat them.


Drinking contaminated water is the number one cause of Cholera. It can also happen if you eat or drink with bloody hands.

Symptoms include vomiting, dehydration, and blurry vision. The treatment for it is Tetracycline Pills.

This is the most common sickness in DayZ, which is why it’s very important to purify water containers with Chlorine Tablets.

It’s vital to start treating Cholera fast as it can make you slow and very vulnerable to attacks. Impaired vision may also prevent you from performing certain tasks and activities.


Catching the Influenza virus often happens due to excessive rain exposure. You can also catch it if you stay at a low temperature too long, or if another survivor infects you.

Tetracycline Pills cure Influenza and stop you from spreading it to other survivors.


Salmonella is a sickness you can get from eating raw or uncooked meats. Like Cholera, it manifests through vomiting.

To cure Salmonella, you will need to take Charcoal Tablets.

Chemical Poisoning

This is an illness that affects survivors who ingest one of three things; alcoholic tinctures, gasoline, and disinfectant sprays.

Blood loss and dehydration are the two symptoms. Curing the illness requires charcoal tablets.

Heart Attack

Too much shock or losing too much blood rapidly can cause a heart attack. It can damage the health, leave a survivor unconscious, and even lead to death.

Its treatment requires you have an Epinephrine Auto-Injector.

Brain Disease

Brain disease is somewhat funny in DayZ. Its symptoms include random tremors, paired with uncontrollable laughter.

You can catch it by eating either raw human meat harvested from dead players or human steak.

Unfortunately, the only way to treat brain disease is to kill your survivor.

Special Mention – Hemolytic Reaction

This is one illness you can’t treat in DayZ. It happens when you get incompatible blood from another survivor in you.

If you get it you’ll notice both blood and health loss as symptoms. Interestingly enough, this condition isn’t deadly.

It’s also not permanent but it has a very long duration.

How to Get Rid of Cold in DayZ?

Now let’s talk about the most common sickness in the game – the common cold, or simply the cold.

There are two ways to get rid of a cold in DayZ.

  • Tetracycline Pills
  • Fighting the cold naturally

Keeping your survivor warm may help treat the infection, but the process takes considerably longer than the much simpler alternative to eating some Tetracycline Pills.

Catching a cold is only common during the winter season. It takes both rain and cold weather to create the ideal conditions for infection.

Pro Tip – You can fight off your cold faster if you combine the Tetracycline Pill with a Multivitamin Pill. The latter slightly boosts the effect.

How to Get Rid of Cold in DayZ on Xbox?

As with PC and PlayStation versions of the game, you can fight off the cold in two ways.

First, you can try and fend it off on your own. It takes a long time and may not always work.

Secondly, and the best way to do it is to ingest Tetracycline pills.

Remember that you can only take one pill at a time as multiple doses don’t have a compounded effect. Wait until the pill indicator goes away, or wait five minutes.

How to Get Rid of Sickness in DayZ 1.04?

Update 1.04 expanded on the previous disease system in DayZ. As such, more medical items in the game received a new purpose.

The following treatments can cure the majority of diseases in the game:

  1. Tetracycline pills – used to treat Cholera, the flu, and the common cold.
  2. Charcoal tablets – used to treat Salmonella and Chemical Poisoning.
  3. Epinephrine – used to treat a heart attack.

If you get brain disease by becoming a cannibal survivor, you have to commit suicide or get your survivor killed. There is no way to get rid of it.

How to Get Rid of Water Sickness in DayZ?

To cure water sickness, you have to understand what it is and what it does.

In DayZ, water sickness is actually Cholera. It’s an infectious disease in the game that you can get after drinking unclean water.

Your survivor can also get it from eating contaminated food with unwashed hands.

Since it has no resistance to antibiotics, you can treat water sickness with Tetracycline pills.

Prevention is often the best cure since it isn’t always easy to find pills. Here are some of the things to avoid if you don’t want to get Cholera in DayZ.

  1. Drinking directly from streams, lakes, or ponds.
  2. Drinking from any water sources with bloody hands.
  3. Drinking water from canteens or bottles used by survivors infected with Cholera.
  4. Drinking water from newly spawned bottles or canteens.

The latter is very important to remember because every new water recipient that spawns carries a 50% chance of having the pathogen.

Additional FAQs

Why Can’t I Get Rid of Sickness in DayZ?

There are a couple of reasons you can’t get rid of a disease and get back on track.

Your survivor’s immune system may be too weak. It’s also possible that you didn’t take the correct treatment for your particular sickness.

Each DayZ disease requires specific treatment. Taking the wrong pill may still have a positive effect, but it’s unlikely to help you get rid of the sickness.

An illness like brain disease is something you can’t cure unless your survivor dies and respawns. No pill or medical device in the game can help you fix that.

Another reason why some players can’t get rid of sickness is that they keep making the same mistakes. Taking a pill for Cholera but still drinking contaminated water may prevent you from getting cured.

If you have a cold but still remain in a cold and rainy environment, antibiotics may not help.

Diseases in DayZ leave at different rates. You may just have something that takes longer to fight. Being around other infected survivors gives you constant exposure to any number of sicknesses. You can end up treating one thing but coming down with another right after.

Some symptoms in the game don’t indicate a disease. For example, vomiting can happen after a survivor eats too much. You also possibly can’t get rid of sickness because you don’t actually have a disease, only a common symptom.

Can DayZ Cure Sickness?

Yes, it’s possible to cure all but two sicknesses in DayZ. Everything is treatable except for brain disease and a hemolytic reaction.

Those two diseases don’t have treatments in the game so your only solution is to respawn.

How Does DayZ Alone Get Infected?

Survivors have two ways of getting infected in DayZ. It can happen when you eat, drink, or put on something that carries various pathogens.

It can also occur if you stay in close proximity to other infected survivors. For example, it’s possible to spread the flu and the cold through sneezing.

Dangers at Every Step

It’s impressive how much detail DayZ developers added into the game since its modest beginnings as an Arma II game mod.

The sickness system alone provides a new and complex dimension to the game. It also makes what was already a difficult survival game even more challenging.

Whether playing the game alone or with friends on a server, you have to pay attention to everything that can affect your survivor’s health. Wash your hands, don’t eat spoiled goods, and stay away from other sick survivors.

Also, be sure to stock up on all pills to be prepared for any situation.

Let us know if this guide has helped navigate your way around DayZ. Tell us in the comments section below what are your favorite ways or routines you follow to avoid diseases.

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