Steven Feldman, MD, PhD, is a professor of pathology and dermatology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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Getty ImagesQ: How severe can my psoriasis become if I dont get treated? Does anyone die from it?

A: Dying from psoriasis is rare—very rare—nowadays. And I believe that most times psoriasis doesnt get worse. Early treatment of the skin disease isnt critical for preventing progression of the disease. So if there are just a couple spots and they arent bothersome, then treatment may not be needed. But if the lesions are bothersome, there are many good treatments available to help control the condition.