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But if whatever is causing the irritation continues, should use these products with caution. Unless you follow the instructions exactly, they can damage healthy tissue. Some a clean, dry container. The safest option is for the salon to use disposable instruments, which are discarded after each baths, need to be disinfected regularly. With sandal-wearing weather just around the corner, it's natural Your Generic Drug No Insurance? High Copays? Drugs Not Covered? 80% the corn or callus may become foot-care specialists suggest client. Another option is for you to want your feet and toes look- WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED! larger and cause discomfort. avoiding these products entirely. to bring your own instruments ing their best. Just remember to ARE YOU IN THE MEDICARE Corns tend to grow with time un- Although a pedicurist may offer to the salon. Devices shared by handle them with care. $ 00 2 OFF DONUT HOLE? 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