‘Hot girl’ beach hack that will help with jellyfish stings without peeing on them – and It only costs £3.29 a tub

SURFERS and casual visitors all love to head into the ocean when visiting the beach – but with the fear of being stung by a jellyfish.

One attack from the marine lifeforms can range from mild irritation to severe pain and even difficulty breathing and heart problems.

Although they rarely come right up to the shore, jellyfish are very common even just metres out to sea, causing a dilemma and concern for those going for a swim or riding the waves on a surfboard.

When getting stung, the general myth has typically been to urinate on the affected area – however, TikToker and surfer Amy Timmerman has a different alternative.

A jellyfish sting can range from being uncomfortable to causing serious medical issues (Credit: Pawel Kalisinski)
A jellyfish sting can range from being uncomfortable to causing serious medical issues (Credit: Pawel Kalisinski)

The avid beachgoer revealed in her Hot Girl Beach Tips series that zinc cream is a better form of ointment to alleviate the pain and reduce the effects the stings can have.

She said in the TikTok video: “There has been jellyfish in the ocean lately where we surf and my legs got f***ed up by jellyfish yesterday.

“You can literally see how the tentacles have wrapped around and stung my leg. It’s so painful and so itchy.

“So the beach girl hack is to always have zinc [cream] with you.”

The chemical is normally found to be vital for boosting your immune system, and reduce the risk of age-related diseases.

Yet, in 2012, a study by Plos One revealed that the lethal venom from Australian box jellyfish can be slowed down by zinc – especially useful for those that are regularly in deeper waters such as surfers.

Amy added: “You should have zinc with you to put on before you go into the ocean but zinc also works to lessen irritation from jellyfish stings.

“So have zinc with then if you get stung by a jellyfish, don’t pee on it, just rinse it off and put zinc on it.”

Cream with zinc in it is quite common in most stores, with Sudocrem’s antiseptic healing cream containing 15% of zinc oxide – and can be purchased at Boots for just £3.29 for a 125g tub.

For those in the US, Walmart also sells Sudocrem’s lotion for $12.03, while Amy’s recommendation of FORAH Zinc Surf Balm – which contains 25% of zinc oxide – will set you back $34 with tax included.

Applying zinc cream to the affected areas could soothe and ease the jellyfish stings (Credit: RF._.studio)
Applying zinc cream to the affected areas could soothe and ease the jellyfish stings (Credit: RF._.studio)

But that is not the only ‘hot girl’ beach hack, with one TikToker praising sand anchors that help to keep you sheltered on a windy day with your umbrella.

Meanwhile, another regularly takes a fitted bed sheet to the seaside for sunbathing or to provide a great space for their children to play in.